The making of a Color Guard member

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Everyone has some kind of hobby, something they enjoy doing. Just as everyone has a hobby, everyone has a story to tell about how they began doing what they love, and the members of the North Central Color Guard are no different. They all remember the first time they spun a flag, tried to toss a rifle or twirled a baton. At some point in middle school or high

They all remember the first time they spun a flag, tried to toss a rifle or twirled a baton. At some point in middle school or high school every current guard member was given the opportunity to try it out and loved the sport enough to continue it during their college career.

Tricia O’Donnell, Kate McChesney and Lori Andrews all began their color guard journeys for different reasons, whether it was a family member, being recruited by a teacher in middle school or joining because of friends. No matter what brought them to color guard, they all stayed for the same reasons.

“I think my favorite moment is the anticipation before stepping out onto the court, or on the field, and then the moment of relief and satisfaction when you finish the show, so whether that’s the end of four or five movements or if it’s the end of the winter guard show. It’s the start of it and it’s the end of it, because anything could happen in the middle but knowing that you got through it and that you finished, and you did your best. That’s the best part,” said O’Donnell.

All their stories began in different ways, going down different paths, but in the end it led them all to the same place.

The North Central College Color Guard.

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