KHS claimed the novice class championship at the Mississippi Indoor Association event on March 31 at Holmes Community College in Goodman.
"I wasn't sure I had made the right decision to join the indoor circuit," said guard director Dianne Cole, who helped write the early parts of the show. "But I knew I had a great group of girls who worked hard and were dedicated."
The Mississippi Indoor Association is a competitive event for winter guards and indoor percussion units. There were 60 units, including guard and percussion, at the competition.
"The guard started working on the show in January," said Cole.
Without a writer or choreographer when practice began, the squad relied on Cole and its own ideas for its "Hallelujah" show.
Kossuth attended a mandatory field day at Horn Lake High School on Jan. 18.
"The purpose of the field day was to determine division placement," said Cole
According to Cole, guards are judged in the areas of equipment, movement, design analysis and general effect. Squads are scored by a team of five judges plus a time and penalty person.
KHS brought home a 3rd place showing from the field day. They followed the first competition up with a pair of first-place finishes at Southaven and Tupelo. The girls added a runner-up finish at Pontotoc and another first at Northeast Mississippi Community College before making its way to the Mississippi Association event.
"We practiced twice a week and used comments from previous shows to improve skills needed to achieve higher scores," said the director.
Cole said having a former Kossuth guard member who was a member of the NEMCC Winter Guard and who also marched with the Drum Corp, Music City, was a big help.
"We were fortunate to have Samantha (Hurst) help with the equipment and movement," said the director. "With her help and that of KHS Band Director Brandon Harvell along with the assistance of so many other band members and parents, we were prepared for the championship."
Members of the winter guard are Maecy Rinehart, captain; Hanna Sanders, Brianna Grimes, Emili Gann, Kelsea Michael, Olivia Irvin, Jennie Rencher, Taylor Jackson, Katie O’Bannon and Montana Elam.
"My greatest moment was being able to put gold medals on the girls," said Cole. "It was a moment to treasure forever."