Mariah addressed her Color Guard experience in the application by writing: 

"Being in Color Guard has impacted my life so much over the past years. Before I joined Color Guard I had no understanding of what it meant to be so passionate about something. But after I joined it seems as if I can never get it off my mind. I catch myself choreographing work to songs on the radio. I’ve never been that close to my family, it’s been just my mom, my sisters, and I. So, I never knew what it was like to have somebody or even several people I could go to with real life problems. It has taught me to put trust into something other than myself. I’ve met people that have been nothing but loving and caring, even if they barely knew me. I have made several lifelong friends that I plan to keep in touch with for the rest of my life. (I’m actually planning on rooming with one at USA). It has taught me the things like time management and leadership that I’ve already mentioned. But the thing I think it has taught me the most is to be part of somethings bigger than myself. To know that there are people looking out for you and making sure that your life is on track, is the best feeling one can have. It has taught me love and compassion for others even if I think they don’t deserve it sometimes. It has and always will be the best choice I have ever made."

Congratulations to Mariah, and the entire WHS Guard program! 

Submitted by Chad Robbins