Originally from Chicago, IL, Ms. Ries began dancing at age 4 and spinning for color guard at age 12.  She spun throughout middle school and high school, where she led as captain of the guard at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL her senior year.  During her senior year she also coached the Thomas Middle School cadet guard and then choreographed and designed for Elk Grove High School after graduation.

Ms. Ries moved to Northern Virginia and continued to spin with George Mason University Winterguard, where she was captain for two of her three years with the guard. In 2014, Ms. Ries began working with multiple schools in Fairfax County Public Schools, and she served as assistant guard instructor at Oakton High School and took over as Director of Guards at W.T. Woodson High School mid-year.

In 2017, Ms. Ries became Director of Guards for McLean High School.  Within her first year as Director, the McLean guard program saw significant growth into one of the largest programs in the commonwealth of Virginia, hosting 3 competitive teams in the winterguard season.

Ms. Ries has won distinguished scholarship awards in both the Midwest Color Guard Circuit and the Atlantic Indoor Association for her character, leadership and dedication to the sport. In April 2019 she was a Gold Medalist in the World Guard International (WGI) World Championships Independent Open Class as a member of the George Mason University Winter Guard. Aside from her passion for the sport of guard Ms. Ries currently works as a paralegal and is pursuing a career in law focusing on family law and aiding children.

Contact Ms. Ries Here or email at mcleanguard@gmail.com