Senior Keila Osugi feels that becoming a homecoming is unexpected. Back in freshmen year, Osugi never thought she would become a homecoming finalist, but feels that she has become more confident and responsible.
Osugi’s most memorable moment of high school was becoming color guard captain at the end of her sophomore year.
“I tried out for color guard when I was an eighth grader,” said Osugi. “Since then, it’s just been really fun and I stuck with it.” Osugi feels that the color guard team has come a long way since her freshman year. She recalls having the color guard coach leave her team freshman year with no choreography or formations two weeks before a field show. She and the rest of the team had to complete the whole routine on their own. Since then, color guard has won multiple awards, including an “all kill” at the Palos Verde Peninsula Parade of Lights last year. Color guard and band placed 1st place in all categories, including banner, tall flag, drum major, and band. In addition, color guard had over 75 people tryout for color guard this past spring, nearly double the amount of previous years. In addition to color guard, Osugi has been doing hula for 15 years and is a part of the Digital Media Club board.
One thing most people do not know about Osugi is that she is Asian and does not actually speak Spanish. Osugi is a quarter Mexican, a quarter Caucasian, and half Japanese. “I speak more Japanese than I do Spanish even though I took Spanish for three years,” said Osugi.
Osugi says she will miss color guard the most when she leaves Keppel and would like to give a shoutout to her color guard team.