Robertson Throws the Flag a Final Time

This year, Senior Maddie Robertson says goodbye to marching band and color guard. She has been a member since her freshman year, making this her fourth and final season.

“It’s like a habit to keep coming back. After doing it one year it just seemed weird if I didn’t do it again,” said Robertson.

She has also participated in three seasons of Winter Guard and plans to do it again this year.

“For the past years I’ve pushed myself to keep doing it, but this season my mom pushed me to do it since it is my last,” said Robertson.

Out of the two , she prefers color guard because she enjoys performing with the band and finds it less stressful. 

“Over all, color guard is more organized and Winter Guard gives me tons of stress because it can’t be organized properly because we are both in Tri-state and IHSCGA (Indiana High School Color Guard Association) competitions,” said Robertson.

Of the many shows that she has performed, A View From the Top from 2017 is her favorite. She enjoyed the music, the color guard’s choreography, and the props used during the show. At the state competition, the show received 3rd place behind Springs Valley and Forest Park. 

“The whole show turned out amazing. Even the Springs Valley families were surprised we didn’t win state,” said Robertson.

After high school, Robertson plans to go to college. Although she is currently undecided, she plans to apply to Indiana University Southeast, Ball State, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“The thing I’m going to miss most about high school is how close I am to home. Going to college means distance from home and I’m going to miss it more than anything,” said Robertson. 

Robertson doesn’t plan to pursue guard after high school, but she appreciates the impact it has had on her life.

“Being in guard has made me more outgoing in a way. I talk a lot more than when I started. It’s just easier,” Robertson said. 

Through her years of high school, Robertson has learned some valuable life lessons.

“Start focusing on stuff now rather than later. It’ll kick you in the butt later on if you don’t,” said Robertson.

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Story by Jozalyn Kempf

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