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[Bon]Fire on the mountain

November 29, 2010

By Annie Hunter, Campus Life Editor

Young Harris College brought the heat Sun., Oct. 14 when the campus gathered together at 8 p.m. Students crowded around a bonfire to kick off the first basketball season in 41 years.

The gathering featured the men’s and women’s basketball team, YHC cheerleaders and the pep band known as Purple Reign. A small, but spirited, group of students showed up to cheer on the teams. After opening words from YHC President Cathy Cox and Head Coaches Brenda Paul and Pete Hermann, the men’s team captain Steve Viterbo and women’s team player Nikki Winn addressed the crowd and lit the bonfire.

“It was really nice to be recognized,” said Judith Hall, a freshman guard from Dawsonville. “It was our own personal ceremony and got us really excited for the game.  I think it pumped the students up also.”

The cheerleaders keep the energy up by leading several cheers and handing out foam fingers and pom-poms. While the cheerleaders kept the crowd pumped, Purple Reign played the fight song and other pump-up tunes.

“The band had a lot of fun playing,” said Taylor Loveless, a freshman french horn player in the pep band from Bremen.  “We added spirit to the bonfire,” Loveless said.

Students later roasted hotdogs and marshmallows by the fire. In addition, the food service had provided hot drinks, cookies, brownies, pigs-in-a-blanket and s’mores so that students could eat while enjoying the festivities.

Many of the students in attendance felt the bonfire was a good way to build camaraderie with their fellow classmates. “I thought it was a great way to get everyone pumped up for the starting season,” said Kelsey Harris, a freshman education major from Lawrenceville. “It was a fun tradition to take part in.”

For those in attendance, the  walk past the soccer fields was well worth it.  As President Cox put it, YHC got the basketball season started with “fire on the mountain.”


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