MHS Winter Guard Places in National Top 10


The ending pose from the MHS Winter Guard’s finals performance, “Turn to Stone.” (Screenshot taken from finals performance video)

Emma Lee

     After two months of competition carried out through the pandemic, the Winter Guard International (WGI) Championships ended with the national finals competition on April 17-18, 2021. The Mililani High School (MHS) Winter Guard placed in the top 10 of the Open Class division, which is the intermediate developmental level of performers, the division just below World Class. The MHS Winter Guard students had competed against 29 other high schools from across the country during this virtual season.

     This season’s MHS Winter Guard members included: Freshman Adriana Bulay, Junior Aiden Miarecki, Sophomore Alyssa Rabanal, Freshman Amber Tamondong, Junior Anthony Tom, Sophomore Caitlyn Aoki, Sophomore Denali DeAlmeida, Junior Elizabeth Yoshino, Senior Isabella Gismundo-Hook, Freshman Jade McMillan-Chau, Senior Jaden Mattison, Junior Jenna Kim, Senior Maria Bongiorno, Junior Paige Thomas, Freshman Rory Pasion, Sophomore Rylie Wakumoto, Sophomore Shania Souza, Sophomore Tasha Aihara, and Senior Taylie Navares.

     The MHS staff who worked on this show included Director and Designer Susan Segawa, Program Director and Flag Choreographer Derek Kaapana, Weapon Choreographer Christian Luke, Dance Choreographer Alina Kalani, Equipment Tech Maddie Partin, and Support Staff Akoni Pasoquen-Castillo.

     The MHS Winter Guard’s finals performance video was streamed live on the platform Now it can be viewed by anyone on this YouTube link: