By Allison Owen

I thought it about was time for an update from me. I have had the intentions of writing for quite some time, but I have been extremely busy with the end of school and what not. I know it has been a while, so I will try to get everyone who is interested up to date.

Since I last wrote, I had my final Carolina Crown audition. It did not go as well as I had hoped, and I was told I needed more experience. I was a little disappointed, but I had tried my hardest for something that was kind of a long shot, so I could not be too upset about it.

I auditioned at a couple other corps, but just couldn't find the desire to march anywhere at this point. After much deliberation, I decided to take the summer off. I was going to get a "real job" to save money to go see my friends who were marching, work at a high school I started teaching at and just enjoy a summer being "normal."

That plan didn't last a week. My friend Tom and I journeyed to Rock Hill, S.C., on June 2 to visit some friends at Carolina Crown. I was going to stay through the weekend to help out on the food truck. That afternoon during lunch I was handing out the potato chips when the color guard caption head, William Chumley, stopped in front of me. He knew he recognized me from somewhere, he just couldn't quite place it. We talked for a minute, and he ultimately asked me if I wanted to come be an alternate for the color guard.

I'm pretty sure I probably looked like an idiot at that point, because I was completely shocked. I went to help out on the food truck and ended up being asked to come be in my dream color guard. Does that happen everyday? I really don't think it does! Now I really believe in the thought of being in the right place at the right time, because I really got lucky on that one.

Before I could answer him, my favorite volunteer ever, Susan Murphy, told him I would start as soon as possible. She was extremely excited for me, and once it hit me I was ecstatic as well. Even as I'm writing this, I'm still shocked at how everything happened. It was quite an interesting experience to say the least.

I went home the next day to pack up my stuff, quit my "real job" that I had just applied for and tell everyone goodbye. It was a pretty hectic day for me, but it was all worth it. It was definitely one of the most exciting and out-of-the-ordinary weekends of my life.

So right now I'm home to go to college orientation, but I thought I'd take a quick minute to update those who had been wondering what happened to me. I'm alive and well, having a great time at an amazing corps. I can't say much because I'm really busy and have a lot to do, but I will say that this show is going to be absolutely awesome. Everyone should come see us sometime because it is definitely going to be an exciting season.

Anyways, I have a lot to do right now and then I'm headed back to Spring Training. Have a great summer, and hopefully I'll write again sooner than the last time. Be sure to stop by and check out Carolina Crown this season!

Allison Owen, 17, is a senior at Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tenn. She was assistant conductor at Southwind, and she enjoys dancing, performing, color guard, writing, English, and having fun. She plans on attending Western Carolina University next fall.