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Burgettstown winterguard holds fundraiser

December 15, 2012
By SUMMER WALLACE-MINGER - Community editor ( , Weirton Daily Times

BURGETTSTOWN - The Burgettstown High School Winterguard held a craft show and bake sale fundraiser Sunday at the Burgettstown Kids Center.

The group is raising funds to participate in two competitions and will likely hold a second craft show at Main Street Park in the spring, according to advisor Jennifer Bertha.

"We've had some great participation," she said.

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The Burgettstown High School Winterguard and supporters held a fundraiser Sunday at the Burgettstown Kids Center. The event included a bake sale, and those participating included, from left, front, Brianna Chynoweth, Chyann Leonard, Abby Hutchko and Arrianna Gavatoria, second row, Heather Shiel and Justin Bendig, and, back, Cheyenne Hall, Piper Bertovich, Makayla Loughhead and Sierra Dhans. -- Summer Wallace-Minger

The fundraisers will defray competition and transportation costs for the club members.

Bertha said the club has been active for four years in both the middle and high schools, and there are approximately 15 members in the high school winterguard. The group performs choreographed, interpretive dances with the help of props such as flags and rifles.

"They interpret a story with dance, and they are judged on how well they tell the story," said Bertha.

She added one of the scheduled competitions will take place March 9 at Northgate High School in Pittsburgh. Burgettstown is one of the smaller schools offering a winterguard, and competition offers the Burgettstown group a chance to rise to the challenge.

"Burgettstown is probably one of the smallest districts (participating in winterguard) in the Pittsburgh area," said Bertha. "It's a great opportunity for them and I'm grateful to the school district for allowing us to do this."

Jamie Leonard, whose daughter, Chyann Leonard, is captain of the winterguard, also spoke about the opportunities for camaraderie and activity.

"It's very difficult, they can be injured just like any athlete," she said. "They went to two (competitions) last year, and they get along so well, they always have fun when they compete."

It takes several days to develop a routine for a competition, and Bertha and Chyann Leonard usually work together to choreograph routines. The group usually practices at least three hours a week, and often longer.

"It takes hours and hours to learn a routine well enough to get to competition," said Jamie Leonard.

Kids Center volunteers served concessions during the event.

"It's just another way the Burgettstown Kids Center supports the community by helping a group from the high school," said Mary Ann Reedy, volunteer.

Jim Reedy, center director, thanked Bertha and the winterguard members for organizing and executing the event.

"That's what it's all about, helping the community," he said.

Vendors included Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Velata, Cutie Patootie, Celadon Road, Mary Kay, 31, Avon, It Works, Premier Jewelry, Celebrating Home, Tupperware and Initials Inc.

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