As they wave and toss flags, it's hard not to pay attention to the drill team at Marshalltown High School. Lately, they've been getting noticed even more as they have incorporated dance moves as part of their shows at school sporting events and competitions.
The team was formerly known as the color guard, but took on the name drill team as the dance aspect has been added.
"We're not just the color guard any more," said third-year coach Megan Umthun. "We're doing a lot more dance. We're slowly getting more noticed."
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
The Marshalltown High School drill team has been incorporating more dance moves into its shows and getting noticed more. Pictured are team members, front row, from left Libby Crawford and Kaylee Clemens, Second row, Missy Allen, Samantha Tocheri and Lily Neuan. Back row, Cassidy Fisher, Rachel Noe and Raelene McGahuey.
The team performed at home Bobcat football games this year with the marching band and plans to perform at four home basketball games this winter.
Umthun has also been increasing the team's involvement in competitions.
One recent state individual competition in Newton saw two MHS students receive Division 1 ratings - junior Kaylee Clemens and sophomore Libby Crawford.
Crawford placed third out of 49 competitors at the contest.
"I was definitely surprised and it was very rewarding," Crawford said.
The team is up to eight members and Umthun said they would like to recruit more girls, or boys, in future years.
The increasing community support has been noticed by the team, especially the positive reaction from the student section at the games.
Umthun said the girls are learning to be leaders and how to work as a team as a result of being affiliated with the drill team.
Crawford said she enjoys the friendships she has made on the team and called the girls a "close knit" group.
"It's just a really fun group to be a part of," Crawford said.