The Melissa High School and Melissa Middle School winterguard programs competed Saturday at the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) Winterguard Contest at Lamar High School.


This is the first year in school history that Melissa Middle School has had a colorguard program. Already, the colorguard has performed at middle school pep rallies and has spun the fight song at football games alongside the high school colorguard.


Saturday’s competition marked another first for the middle school as the colorguard competed for the first time in the cadet class; a classification exclusively for middle schools. Melissa Middle School took first place in the competition ahead of middle schools from Flowermound, Keller, and McKinney.


The Melissa Middle School colorguard competes next at Chisholm Trail High School on Friday, Feb. 23.


High school winterguard takes third overall


The Melissa High School winterguard competed in the Regional A class on Saturday, placing second in their round and third overall. Melissa High School was named one of the top three guards in Regional A along with Coppell and Aledo, all three of which were promoted to the Scholastic AA division.


The Melissa High School winterguard competes next at the Winterguard International Regional at Coppell High School on Saturday, Feb. 10. This will be the first time that the high school winterguard competes at a contest of this caliber.


The guard program is under the direction of the first-year director Taylor Tucker, assisted by Aaron Dugger.