5 Questions with Paulina Redford

On Feb. 21, the Downey High School varsity colorguard team received third place at the Winter Guard International Colorguard Regionals in Riverside. They are the first colorguard team in Downey High history to place in the WGI regionals.

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On Feb. 21, the Downey High School varsity colorguard team received third place at the Winter Guard International Colorguard Regionals in Riverside. They are the first colorguard team in Downey High history to place in the WGI regionals.

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Senior Paulina Redford, co-captain of Downey High School’s color guard, talks about what it is like to be the first varsity color guard team in Downey High’s history to place first in the Winter Guard International Regional Riverside Competition.

Q1: What was it like knowing you and your team made color guard history?

A1: Knowing that my team, throughout the years, has been growing and establishing a name for itself is the best part. Also, it was great knowing that all of our sacrifices in our social lives paid off.

Q2: How hard did you and your team work to get this far?

A2: We rehearsed on the weekdays from five to nine and on Saturdays we put in a lot of extra hours. All of the cuts, bruises, and broken bones we received paid off when we won.

Q3: What was so special about this competition that you will remember for the rest of your life?

A3: This competition means a lot because we beat teams that usually always win. Sophomore year we didn’t even make it to finals and to come back years later and win means so much to us.

Q4: What was the initial reaction of the team when they announced you won?

A4: We were really excited, we’re all on the same page and proud of what we’ve accomplished but we don’t want to stop here. There is so much more room for growth and it only fuels us to achieve our main goal of being the best.

Q5: Can you describe the winning number and the trophy ceremony?

A5: Our winning show is called Aphrodite, which is the goddess of love and beauty. For the awards ceremony, the captains of all the teams go out and the announcer calls you one by one and then we line up in front of the whole audience and then we’re ranked in divisions from three to one. Three being the lowest and one being the most competitive, after that they read off individual scores and the top three receive a trophy.