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West Orange High School Places Second at Winter Guard International World Championships

The 2014 West Orange High School Winter Guard (WOWG): Top row of students left to right: Jeanne Machado, Victoria Oyeneye, Connie Reznik, Fayola Abdon, Widmaier Francillon, Samphena Weah, Dyronda Vickers, and Jessica Kaiser. 2nd row from top: left to right: Chelsea Morales, Laurie Delinois, Angelina Jones, Vanessa Oyeneye, Brianna Todman, Angela Zeoli. 3rd row: left to right: Catherine Salas, Brunie Pierre, Anika St. Felix, Vanessa Dessources, Niara Boykin, Angelica Pozzoli. Bottom row: left to right: Graduating Seniors: Jasmeene Borgella, Phelps Toussaint, Jadayah Smith.   Credits: Erin McClure
Caption: the graduating seniors and the director, PJ Tankard. From left to right: Jasmeene Borgella, PJ Tankard, Phelps Toussaint, Jadayah Smith. Credits: Erin McClure
The West Orange Winter Guard lines up prior to the Finals performance. Credits: Erin McClure
The West Orange Winter Guard performs in the WGI World Championships.   Credits: Erin McClure
The West Orange Winter Guard performs in the WGI World Championships.  Credits: Erin McClure
All competing colorguards on the floor for the awards ceremony. Credits: Erin McClure

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School took silver in the Scholastic Open Class at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships, held April 1-5 in Dayton, Ohio.

The Mountaineers competed in a field of 40 color guards, participating in three rounds to advance to the finals, taking second place with a score of 94.55.

This season, the Winter Guard mastered a five-minute choreographed program, combing dance, flags, sabres, and wooden rifles. Their 2014 production was entitled “I Will Lay Down My Heart”, and included choreography set to Mark Masri’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, a remake of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 original. All 23 members of the West Orange Winter Guard had individually choreographed roles in the show. Captains of the 2014 West Orange High School Winter Guard include Phelps Toussaint, Jasmeene Borgella and Jessica Kaiser.

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The Winter Guard competes in two circuits during the season, the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN) and WGI. The team was promoted this season to "Scholastic Open Class," an upper-level class for accomplished high school sponsored teams. Next year the Winter Guard will be promoted to the “Scholastic World Class” as a medal contender in this year's competition.

This is the eleventh season of competition for the The West Orange High School Winter Guard. The team has advanced to the Finals Round of competition five times in the seven years they have competed at the WGI World Championship. This is their highest level of achievment to date.

The staff of the West Orange High School Winter Guard includes director PJ Tankard, show designer Louis Hellinger, and staff Jackie Milnes, Carol Martin, Denea Gresham, Jen Lube, and Erin McClure, advisor.

For more information please contact West Orange High School band director Erin MClure at For more on West Orange High School Co-curricular activities visit,



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