Hilltoppers Color Guard, "Richland Center's Teenage Ambassadors"





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NOBODY DOES IT BETTER
MAKES ME FEEL SAD FOR THE REST
NOBODY DOES IT HALF AS GOOD AS YOU DO
BABY! YOU'RE THE BEST ...


(From "The Spy Who Loved Me")


It was in 1964 that I recognized a need for a competitive activity for the young women of our community. At that time, the advent of girl's athletics, more school activities, and fast food restaurants, had not taken place. Boys had many activities in which to expend their competitive energies ... but the girls had nothing.

With a rather extensive background of marching unit participation --- junior high and high school marching band, university marching band, and drum & bugle corps (including the U.S. Navy Drum & Bugle Corps) -- it was my thought that perhaps a competitive marching unit for the girls would fill that void.

Sending out an invitation to the young women of Richland Center (WI) to meet to discuss and organize such a unit, 19 eager girls met the challenge.

On that day the HILLTOPPERS COLOR GUARD was born.



After 35 years of serving as a teacher/administrator of the Richland Center High School, I also recognized that there are certain things kids need:

They need something to do that will keep them busy. They need wholesome activities in which to participate.

They need something that will develop within themselves a positive self-esteem. They need to feel good about themselves.

They need to set goals and strive to reach those goals ... goals that can be reached by them doing their personal best.

Kids, by nature, need to compete. From the day they are born, they are in competition in one form or another. Competition releases a great deal of pentup energy, energy that could be used for unworthy purposes.

They need something that they can call their own. When they do something well, they need to hear the words, "Good job!"

They need to have responsibilities and obligations. If they are expected to accomplish great things ... they will do it.

They need to have committments, for this will develop good character. They need to learn teamwork.

They need to learn about their country. They need to learn about different kinds of people, and how these people live. There is much to be learned by traveling.

They need to learn that "success breeds success." That to achieve at a high level is the thing to do. They need to learn that what they do as young people will often determine what kind of an adult they will become.

The Hilltoppers Color Guard was organized to fulfill these needs.



This website showcases the accomplishments of these kids and the things they have seen and done on their many adventures.

Thank you for visiting my page. Now, come join us on a tour of the fun and excitement.

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...And, Visit Other Pages of This Site ...

... We learn by traveling ... page 2
... by seeing much of our country ... page 3
... by meeting other people ... page 4
... by doing interesting things ... page 5


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