(Editor's Note: Amaiana Sajjad is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.) 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield High School’s (NPHS) Varsity Winter Guard athletes are back in motion, spinning flags and dancing in hopes of a great season. Winter Guard is similar to Color Guard, which runs in the fall similar, except these athletes perform inside and not alongside the NPHS Marching Band.

“Very much like any other guard team, there is spinning of flags and dancing. But, in winter guard, we have a soundtrack, which we practice and perform to,” said NPHS junior Esthefany Arbizu. “Unlike Color Guard members, who have to team up with the marching band team, we have our own music to perform to.”
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This year, the NPHS Winter Guard is comprised of 16 varsity athletes in 9th through 11th grade; there are no seniors currently on the team, therefore there isn't a captain. The team practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the middle school gym.

For 2017, the NPHS Winter Guard team’s theme, chosen by head director Shannon Shotwell and assistant director Jennifer DeJesso, is ‘The Ghost Light.’

“This year the kids are trying to display the theme of death through their dance moves to illustrate and allow their audience to feel the theme of ‘The Ghost Lights’ to really sink in,” said DeJesso

“January is our competition season in which there are about 16 shows, and then there are also regionals,” said Shotwell, adding that the team’s first show will be held Jan. 21 in Bridgewater.

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