Pottstown High Guard Returns For Stadium Honor
POTTSTOWN COLOR GUARD REINVITED TO HERSHEY – Seventeen Pottstown High School students who are color guard members of its Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit (above) recently were invited for a second consecutive year to present the colors during the annual PIAA State Football Championship game held in Hershey PA. This year’s presentation was more ceremonial than those in the past, Pottstown schools’ Director of Community Relations John Armato said. Game coordinators positioned the guard between referees and team captains to witness the coin toss and, immediately after, present the colors. The ceremony was broadcast across the state by the Pennsylvania Cable Network.
Bolar said he was pleased to see people in the stadium and Americans generally hold the nation’s flag, “the symbol of our country’s greatness, in high esteem. It boosts the moral and the confidence of our color guard members (above) when the onlookers of an event cheer to the American flag and for those who carry it.” Unit members perform for about 10 months of the school year. The color guard spends an average of 12 hours weekly preparing for events so that, according to Porter, “the team can meet every call to perform with the same degree of exacting precision and excellence.” The Color Guard includes Nathan Fuerman, Chad Brown, Timothy Grassi, Alfredo Matias, Joey Gordon, Samantha Stotsenburgh, Savana Loveland, Givonal Mitchell, Angelina Schaff, William Rommel, Anthony Rivera, Nathan Kugler, Aaron Irizarry, Benjamin Habekost, Josh Stasik, and Andrew Strauss.
Photos from Pottstown High School