The Allegiance Color Guards, based in the Dundee area, secured top honors at a recent color guard competition held at Batavia High School.
The group, which comprises high school and college students, scored first place in the independent Class A division, with 65.5 points.
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The Allegiance Cadets, the group that feeds into the older group, won first place as well, in their own division with a score of 73.7 points. Grade school and middle school students belong to the Allegiance Cadets.
As a result of those wins, both groups are on their way to compete at the 2012 Midwest Color Guard Circuit Championships, which will be held in LaPorte, Ind.
The tournament will be held in late March. For membership information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.allegianceyouth.org or call (847) 409-4182.
Relay For Life's local connection: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Northern Fox Valley will hold its annual kickoff event from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Huntley Park District, inside of the north classroom.
It's reserved for friends, neighbors, cancer survivors, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about Relay For Life.
The kickoff event will help you learn about the American Cancer Society's goal of saving lives faster by keeping people healthy, helping them get well, finding cures and fighting back against the disease.
The actual Relay For Life of the Northern Fox Valley will be held June 15-16 at the Huntley Park District's Recreation Center.
That's an overnight event in which teams of local businesses, schools, churches, community groups and families build awareness for the disease and raise money to fight cancer.
Teams can register online, but the group needs volunteers to organize and recruit teams, secure community support, coordinate logistics, get refreshments and prizes, help with publicity and plan entertainment activities.
For more information on the Relay For Life Kickoff celebration, call the American Cancer Society at (630) 879-9009 or visit relayforlife.org/northernfoxil.
• Lenore Adkins covers Carpentersville, Huntley, the Dundees, Hampshire and Sleepy Hollow. Reach her at email@example.com or call (847) 608-2725.