The Fight to Keep Colorguard Alive


Courtesy of Sherlyne ‘Lynne’ Vargas

The Colorguard Team after their competition at the Winterguard Association of Southern California (WGASC) Debut & Classification Show. Photo taken on February 4, 2023.

Jacqueline Ramirez, Editor-in-Chief

After more than four years, Colorguard, a staple at Godinez Pep Rallies and Halftime shows, nearly had their entire season canceled – not once, but twice.  

A lack of funding seems to be the main reason. 

From the outside looking in, nothing seems out of place, but members of the team tell a different story. 

Many of the team members have had to resort to paying for costumes out-of-pocket and their instructors have not been properly paid. 

One of the three Colorguard captains, Lorelei ‘Lor’ Azpeitia, has become frustrated with the team’s situation. 

“Currently, we are not able to get buses to our competitions because of the funding, which makes it a bit more difficult to transport our equipment to the site. If we were provided more money to rent buses, it could be easier. We could also have less fees to pay and not constantly worry about whether or not we will have instructors for the season,” she said.

Another member of the Colorguard team, Matthew Chirinos, says that the lack of financial support has affected the entire team. 

“It’s been pretty hectic and terrifying for all of us. Colorguard is our safe place and passion, so constantly running into financial problems has taken a huge toll on a lot of the team’s mental health,” he said. 

Both agree that with sufficient funding they would be able to purchase improved equipment, pay their coaches and transportation costs. 

However, the entire team came together to turn the tides and buy them another season. How were they able to stay afloat? Fundraising. 

From their Maruchan Fundraiser and their most recent Valentine Day Grams, they were able to raise just enough money to continue this second semester. 

Captain Sherlyne ‘Lynne’ Vargas expressed their gratitude for Godinez students supporting their fundraising efforts. 

“I appreciate all the love and support from our fellow GFHS students!” They said. 

Despite all their hardships, the team managed to be second place at the Winterguard Association of Southern California (WGASC) Debut & Classification Show on February 4. Again, on February 18, they were second place for WGASC at Valencia High School. 

Vargas goes on to say, “I just want to add how proud I am of this year’s team. I’m very thankful to have such an amazing team and I’m glad to be the 2022-2023 Colorguard captain!”