Friday, October 31, 2014

 Viking marching band finishes competition                                        
By: Perri Williams
   The Ripley High Viking Marching Band just finished up another competition season with this year’s theme, “Go West.”  It was an extremely successful season for everyone involved including Field Commanders senior Megan Frampton, senior Caleigh Neil, and sophomore Samantha Border.
   The Field Commanders won first in open class at the Poca festival, being the first from Ripley in more than three years.
   “I didn't know how to react,” said Frampton. “Tears just started rolling down my face when I heard. It feels great knowing all our hard work this year paid off, especially with our luck in previous years.”
   Speaking of winning, the Color Guard finished off the season undefeated. Captains senior Alyssa Ballard and senior Elizabeth King led the 18 member strong flag group pulled off this amazing feat with no coaching all competition season. Though a coach choreographs all routines in the summer, after that, it’s up to the girls to pull everything together.
   “It was an honor to get to be a part of such a great group of girls. I’m so proud to know that Elizabeth and I helped everyone accomplish an undefeated season,” said Ballard.
   Director Sherry Poole is proud to have been as successful as the band was this season. However, she wishes they could have gotten the judges more on their side.
   “It’s  a little aggravating knowing that we were the crowd favorite all year, but the judges just wouldn't feel the same,” says Poole. “I had parents from other bands come up to me to tell me that we deserved to win, but sadly the judges didn't agree.”
   Though she isn't telling her ideas for next year’s show theme, it’s sure to entertain, as the band never disappoints.
   “I’m grateful to have wonderful kids in my band, and I’m ready to finish out this football season with a bang!” she says.
   Congratulations to the band, guard, and field commanders for a great competition season!

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