Bellevue West wins WGI world championship

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - The Bellevue West High School winter guard team returned home Sunday to a hero’s welcome after winning the world championship in Dayton, Ohio.

The students made history by being the first Nebraska school to reach the Winter Guard International finals, then winning every event in the competition which involves music, dance and precision flag-twirling routines.

"We just wanted to make finals and it’s such a big deal that we even won, said Alyssa Beyersdorf. "It blew our minds. We’re in shock. It’s insane."

"This is a very big deal," said parent Lori Niemeyer. "We are really proud of these girls. They went in hoping to make finals and they won the whole thing so we could not be more proud."

Bellevue West competed against more than 130 other teams to take the title.