11 Things Only Colorguard Girls Know

11 Things Only Colorguard Girls Know

"I don't see those teeth!!!"

Yes, that is me. Representing my high school marching band for 6 years as the color guard captain! Color guard was one of the most fun things about high school for me, and I've seen it all. From being handed the giant trophies, to a literal fist fight on the field with my best friend and sister, guard girls do it all. Here's to all the guard girls out there, and everything we endure during our seasons that make them so, so memorable.

1. Nobody notices when your good, but everybody comes after you when you're bad.

The color guard makes or breaks the show, it's just the way it is! It's like being the middle child of the band. When your run-through is clean and perfect, you've made the expectation! But when your run-through is messy and full of drops, the demise of the show and loss of competition is blamed on the guard.

2. The guard bathroom

You can fit AT LEAST 15 girls into a bathroom with space to spare, and the perfume-masked-sweat smell is definitely the worst part.

3. Two words: velvet pants.

It's like that couch that you kinda want to sit on, kinda don't want to sit on...

4. Not being part of the "actual band"

People actually had the nerve to say to me "yeah because you're in marching band! Well.. sort of.."

5. Unexplainable bruises. Everywhere.

Enough said.

6. Everyone claims that you've hit them with your flag... and it's probably true

In my high school band, it was almost like a right of passage to be hit by me.

7. Having to practice your smile

"I don't see your teeth!!" "Practice like you perform!!"

8. Spinning in the cold

"I think my finger just broke but it's too cold to tell"

9. Spinning in the rain

When the pole keeps slipping out from your hands and you're getting slapped in the face over and over again with the wet silk.

10. "Guard drama" is the worst drama

Fighting over whether the free hand should be a blade or jazz fingers, whether the sock bun should be on the left or the right, and not to mention who's dating who and who's got the juiciest gossip!

11. Being called a "flag girl"

Please, just stop yourself there.

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A Girl Gets Raped At School Then Gets Suspended

Boys are always going to be boys, right?

How many cases have there been about young girls get raped? As of late rape is becoming a huge topic that some are still afraid to talk about. I am here to share a story of a ninth grader who is, of course, getting the blame rather than the boys that did the crime.

A female student who goes to Miami Carol Senior High School has brought claims to people about three boys who had raped her. Where did it happen? It happened in the bathroom at the school, yep you read that correctly. These students had taken advantage of another during the time they should be learning.

The fourteen-year-old who I'm going to refer to as Sarah claims she was sexually assaulted by three boys and gets suspended from the aftermath.

"He was holding onto my sweater really tight and I was trying to leave to get back to class, and he kind of just pulled me into the restroom," Sarah tells. She went to a teacher had told her about the incident that occurred. Eventually, the school suspended the boys but did not expel them.

I get that Sarah may be horrified or even scared to go to go due to what happened. Why does she need to be suspended? What did she do in the situation that she should get a strike for it? Maybe it's for Sarah's safety, maybe they are treating her unfairly.

Moving on, the first boy she says forced her to have anal sex while the others forced her to perform oral on them. However, the girl supposedly told the Mother that she didn't scream or run away leaving that as consensual.

Sigh, why does it always come down to that? If a girl or woman doesn't strike back it is considered consensual. I've read that in other cases before and I just don't understand how that can validate any situation. I'm sorry I didn't have enough time to fight back when I was being held down or forced.

As if this story could get any worse it did and fast. Two of the boys' families stepped forward and told the investigator something that no one wants to hear. One of the boys has gonorrhea and the other is HIV positive.

This girl is only fourteen years old and is going to have life ripped away. They had given Sarah medication just in case and she won't know if she is positive until a year later. Why? What did he do to deserve that?

The same with the boy though, it is a shame that he is HIV positive but why would you want to infect someone else? Why would you want to let someone else suffer from the same disease?

The school had released a statement which said “School district administrators in conjunction with Miami-Dade Schools Police are thoroughly investigating this case thoroughly, and it continues to be an active investigation. Information regarding the case has been provided to the State Attorney’s Office as well as the Department of Children and Families (DCF).”

Sarah is getting therapy and is staying away from the school which I said I would completely understand. Her Mother is stating that the district is being difficult with allowing her to transfer someplace else.

Rape isn't going to go away even if we want it to. People are still going to do the same thing no matter how hard we fight. It becoming the same fight over and over and there isn't much we can do.

I just hope that this won't be so popular in the news. With each and every story that comes up reads the same thing. Female gets raped by a male and they usual result in the winning of the man.

At some point we need to figure out a way to calm this but unfortnauly for us we can't make it stop.

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My Freshman Year Of High School Shown Through Snapchat

Freshman year was the perfect embodiment of being worry free and happy unconditionally.

Freshman year was easily my all time favorite year of school by far, with 5th grade coming in as a close second.

I worked on this video for months, and I'm extremely proud of the way it turned out, from all of the videos I handpicked, down to the music I decided to use. The reason I chose to use videos from Snapchat is because my memories were captured where there was only laughter and joy contained in the moment.

I don't remember where I read this (I'm thinking it was probably a text post on Instagram or something), but there is so much responsibility that comes with living! When you're laughing, you just seem to forget about everything that stresses you out at least for that period of time. That, to me, is what Snapchat captures.

I hope you guys enjoy this look back on my first year of high school!

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