RFA JV Winterguard (photo credit: Lindsay Mogle)

The Junior Varsity Winterguard from Rome Free Academy snagged a gold medal at the Mid York Colorguard Circuit (MYCGC) Championships over the weekend.

The 15-members of the JV Black Knights Winterguard took gold in the MYCGC novice class at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY. They performed a show to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”.

The Varsity Black Knights Wintergard performed Black Knights Diner, set to music from Sara Bareilles' Broadway musical “Waitress”. They took fifth in the Scholastic Regional A division.

(photo credit: Lindsay Mogle)

“It's been a long road, but in the end all of the hard work paid off,” said senior Halim Mohammed Ashraf Abdelhak via a news release from the school recapping the weekend.  “There have been ups and downs but this team is like a family and we all stuck together and gave the best show we possibly could on Saturday. It was a valuable experience, I didn’t just learn how to spin a flag better; I learned about teamwork and perseverance and those are skills I will take with me as I go on to college next year.”