What’s Right With Our Schools: Ringgold’s Tiger Guard Drill Team

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RINGGOLD, GA (WDEF) -The Tiger Guard Drill team continues to fill the trophy case at Ringgold High. The team overcame unprecedented challenges this year and made some History along the way.

 

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Sgt. 1st Class Larry Sisemore says, ” (It’s been a)  Very difficult school year and stuff where the drill, we have dealt with kids in quarantine. We have dealt with kids having Covid.  I have had Covid. I was in the hospital with it. It has just been a tough year.

He continues, “We were Region Champions for this area, and also we had two State Championships. And squad exhibition was actually, it was actually the fifth year in a row. We are a five time State Champion.”

 

2nd Lt. Caleb Cranfield chips in, “It was pretty great.  It was astonishing. Now, that we have placed five years in a row it is pretty cool. I competed last year. Last year was my first year starting. So I have been doing it for two years now. And just to be able to place again it feels amazing.”

Sgt. Sisemore adds, “We’re actually having a shirt made that says dynasty. I think it’s pretty cool.”

2nd Lt. Katie Almond adds, ” Recently, I had another online competition for State. I got first place on my solo and third place on my dual. It is really exciting. I couldn’t do it without Sgt. of course and my drill coach Eric. I learned everything I know from them, so I have them to thank, really.”

 

Caleb beams, “We have progressed amazingly from when we started out with a nice group of kids, and we work through it, and a lot of them have graduated ,and we got a new batch of people, but we picked it up strong and even with the Covid and all the quarantining and stuff, but I mean it’s been good and we held up.”

 

Sgt. Sisemore concludes, “It has been rough, but the kids have been, I mean they pull through it. I mean we have had some out. We have one and a boot now that is coming out of the boot. We got one with a bad ankle. We got one with a bad shoulder. It’s just been, it’s just been a trying year but we have, we have done well I guess.”

 

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