Clayton color guard member to perform at All-American Bowl

Posted December 5, 2011

— After four years of color guard with the Clayton High School marching band, senior Sydney Jones earned the title of "All-American." 

Jones was among 125 students nationwide selected to perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7 in San Antonio, Texas.

"I was just like so happy. I almost started crying," Jones said of finding out she made the team. 

Although she has excelled at color guard, it wasn't always in her plans. 

"When I was coming into high school, I wanted to be a cheerleader, but I couldn't do a back-handspring," Jones said. 

Her band director, John Pearson, credited Jones' hard work for helping her achieve the honor. 

"It's rare that you find kids that are willing to commit to the amount of work it takes to get to the level she had to be to be eligible for this," Pearson said. 

sydney jones Clayton teen is 'All-American'

Jones will fly to San Antonio and have a week to practice with the other students before taking the field. She said it isn't the halftime show that makes her nervous. 

"I am nervous about the trip like flying by myself," she said. "I've never really flown."

Eight North Carolina students, including Cesar Bernal of Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, made the cut this year for the All-American Band.


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  • p2bmaj Dec 7, 2011

    I'm very proud of you, I know how hard you have worked and it has payed off! I couldn't ask for a better daughter. I love you.


  • ECUGrl2015 Dec 6, 2011

    I'm so proud of you, Sydney. You have come a long way since your Freshman year and this shows your hard work. You have made me and so many others proud. You have been a wonderful pleasure to teach the past four years. This will be a great experience for such a sweet, talented, beautiful young lady. Now go out there and represent the wonderful band program Clayton has to offer. Congrats you deserve this.

    Love, Brita (Clayton Colorguard Instructor)

  • pettus08 Dec 6, 2011

    Another fine example of the quality of people from Clayton. CONGRATS!!!!!!

  • westernwake1 Dec 5, 2011

    Congrats to Sydney on this achievement!

  • ReallyBigYawn Dec 5, 2011

    Congrats Sydney! You earned it! -Brita's dad.