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OHS Winter Guard Mid-York Champions

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School Guard finished off an undefeated season at The Mid-York Color Guard Circuit Championships this past weekend at North Syracuse Junior High School.

Seniors Elizabeth Westcott, Carly Hewitt, Deanna Santiago display the championship plaque while proudly alongside are Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist,  Winter Guard director Michael Tierney and director of bands Scott Ciesla.
Seniors Elizabeth Westcott, Carly Hewitt, Deanna Santiago display the championship plaque while proudly alongside are Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist, Winter Guard director Michael Tierney and director of bands Scott Ciesla.

Oswego captured first place in all judging captions with a score of 81.51 to win the title in the Scholastic A2 category.

Finishing behind the Bucs were New Hartford (80.65), Mohonasen (79.08), Union-Endicott
(76.94), Baldwinsville (76.67) and APW (76.15).

The guard was led on the floor by seniors Carly Hewitt, Deanna Santiago and Liz Westcott.

Other members include Myranda Arnesen, Mikaela Barber, Emily Bradshaw, Katie Bradshaw, Crystal Brooks, Stephanie Cusyck, Danielle Gilbert, Cassie Hondro, Austin Jackson, Cassidy Jones, Marissa Kelly, Cayla Knopp, Cheyenne Malone, Betsy O’Gorman, Katherine Pecora, Kylie Pelky, Brittany Reed, Annie Reynolds, Sarah Reynolds and Ashley Richmond.

Winter Guard director Mike Tierney said, “The 23 members of this guard have been working hard since November. We have certainly enjoyed quite a bit of competitive success this season, but what makes us proud is the way these students never made the season about winning or losing. It was always about doing their best each and every night and enjoying
working together as a team.”

Upon returning to Oswego with the title on Sunday night the Oswego Winter Guard proudly posed with their championship hardware.
Upon returning to Oswego with the title on Sunday night the Oswego Winter Guard proudly posed with their championship hardware.

Tierney continued, “The Oswego winter guard program has been growing steadily over the last several years and this year was an outstanding step in the future development and growth of our program.”

Director of bands Scott Ciesla said, “This was just our second year in this class after moving up from a lower class prior to last season. All of us here are extremely proud of the guard’s accomplishment. This program has been all about training and providing the guard members
with an opportunity to work on their skills year round like their instrumental counterparts. We are excited for their success and everything they have been able to accomplish this year.”

This year’s show was designed by Ryan Bronner with the choreography created by Alyssa Darrow.

Also contributing to the success were flag technician Shannon O’Mara, rifle technician Ali Sivers and graduate assistant Jacqueline Hondro.