Roland-Story High School color guard competes at state championship

Kevin Masemann
Special to the Ames Tribune
Pictured, from left, kneeling, are Kayley Birkland, Kierra Elliott, Ally Ringsby, and Mara Spence. Standing, from left, are Brooke Thompson, Ella Murphy, Brooklyn Richardson, Capri Cory, Aubrey Britten, Emma McGuigan, Rima Patel, Samantha Sanderson and coach Jennifer Masemann.

The Roland-Story High School color guard competed Dec. 2 at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. 

The team finished in second place in Class 2 Color Guard and eighth overall. The top five schools in the Class 2 Color Guard were as follows: Creston High School, 378; Roland-Story High School, 340.5; North Polk High School, 328.5; Benton, 326; and Estherville-Lincoln Central High School, 324.  

Roland-Story received a division one rating for the 19th straight year and finished second place in their class for the 10th time.  

Kevin Masemann, Roland-Story band director, was presented the 2021 Character Counts Coach of the Year award Dec. 2 at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association Competition. This honor was awarded to Masemann for being a strong representative of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Jason Lamping, director of Character Counts Business Development, presented the award during halftime of the boys basketball game vs. Nevada on Dec. 7.  Lamping is pictured with the Roland-Story High School color guard; Masemann, R-S band director; and color guard coach, Jennifer Masemann.

Roland-Story had seven students perform individual solos. All of the students received division one ratings. Performing solos were Kayley Birkland, Capri Cory, Emma McGuigan, Rima Patel, Ally Ringsby, Samantha Sanderson and Mara Spence.