MISD Winterguard earns Superior Rating for Disney’s Movie-Themed Performance


MISD Winterguard earns Superior Rating for Disney’s Movie-Themed Performance


MERCEDES – The Mercedes Independent School District Winterguard team earned its third straight Superior Rating with a perfect score of 1 in all categories at the Texas Educational Colorguard Association (TECA) Virtual Competition on April 10. This is the third straight Superior Rating performance the Tiger team received this season.

Each year, the Tiger Winterguard competes in a choreographed show that incorporates a blend of dance, flag and rifle equipment to recorded music. Performances are held indoors in gymnasiums, and the floor is covered with a printed tarp that reflects the theme. This year’s show is titled “At Last,” and the show’s music selection is based on the Disney movie “Tangled.”

Members of the team have prepared for these spring performances since January. The first TECA virtual competition was held March 13, where the Tiger Winterguard earned a Superior Rating of straight 1s in all six areas before a panel of judges. The team delivered the same exceptional performance on March 27 and then again on April 10.

In TECA competitions, teams are judged in the areas of movement, vocabulary, skill achievement, program repertoire, composition and performance.

The members of the superior Tiger Winterguard are: junior McKayla Barco; senior Isabella Cruz, senior Nathalia Gonzalez, junior Ashley Rodriguez, sophomore Samantha Rojas and senior Aden Ybarra. The team directors are teachers Eduardo Rivas and Jennifer Salinas.

MISD Director of Band & Fine Arts Guy McKinney said, “The Winterguard team prides itself in its precision, technique and creativity. The perfect scores clearly reflect the team’s commitment to excellence.”

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(Left to right) First row: senior Nathalia Gonzalez, senior Aden Ybarra and senior Isabella Cruz. Second Row: junior Ashley Rodriguez, junior McKayla Barco and sophomore Samantha Rojas