The Greater Johnstown School District Winter Guard, directed by Mrs. Christine VanValkenburgh, is a member of the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit and also competes in Winter Guard International (WGI) Regional competitions. Winter guard is the competitive sport of indoor color guard. Modern color guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement set to music.
Johnstown’s Amethyst Gold varsity guard is composed of students from grades 9-12 and competes in the Scholastic A Class. They are the 2012, 2013 & 2014 NYS MYCGC champions and were finalists in the 2013 & 2014 WGI World Championships held in Dayton, Ohio, competing against 130 Scholastic A color guards from across the country.
Johnstown’s Amethyst junior varsity guard is composed of students in grades 7-11. They compete in the Cadet class, which provides essential training necessary to learn the basics of winter guard, including equipment, movement, teamwork and performance skills.