Although it was the first time they competed solo, the Ritenour High School Color Guard earned the highest honor with the Gold Award for their performance at the WorldStrides Orlando Heritage Festival during spring break. In addition, the RHS band, choir and orchestra all brought home Silver Awards for their performances at the festival which was held at Universal Studios in Florida.
The Color Guard, coached by Hoech Middle School math teacher Stephanie Goetz, earned their award for their outstanding routine and choreography with their colorful flags. The Color Guard’s winning performers are: Bella Slunaker and Teresa Loane (captains) and Mackenzie Davis, Andrea Rojo and Dorothy Sloan-Ule.
"I'm so proud that this squad was recognized at this competitive festival for their hard work and creativity," said Stephanie Goetz, their coach. "They really have gone above and beyond during practices over the last few months to perfect their routine, and they have had fun all along the way. Their performance at the festival really showcased their talent, passion and teamwork."
The award-winning RHS band is directed by Hadley Haux; choir is directed by Dr. Richard Bell; orchestra is directed by Julianna Campbell. Thirty-six RHS music students, in addition to the color guard members, performed in the Orlando competition.