Hope Westmoreland, top, jokes with her friend Julia Jones during Winter Guard practice at Madison Consolidated High School on Thursday. The MCHS Winter Guard has the first of its seven competitions this year on Jan. 18 at Greenfield Central High School. Rachael Homen, bottom, keeps her eyes on her flag as it flips through the air during practice. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie) kkritchie@madisoncourier.com)