By Bella McCarey
As twenty-something Mini-THON committee members lined up to form an archway, hundreds of Dancers ran through the makeshift tunnel and made a beeline towards the stands of the Fitzkee Center. The committee members screamed and yelled at the top of their lungs, pumping up the crowd.
The hustle and bustle calmed down for a brief moment as Dancers found a seat on the stands and it all started up again once junior Trevor Ruppert walked down the stands with one of the three tri-casters that were live streaming Kick Off and Family Hour. “FTK! FTK! FTK!” was chanted over and over and over again. An indescribable excitement filled the atmosphere, sending chills down everyone’s spines.
This was just the beginning. Mini-THON 2014 officially started with Lead Adviser Mrs. Misty Wilson orchestrating and snapping the group photo and Adviser Mr. Eric Wilson went over the rules and itinerary for the night.
“Dancing and badminton will be here in the Fitzkee Center,” Mr. Wilson said, “We have a lot of great food and drinks…. There are a lot of fun games going on in the old gym. Swimming is happening, that’s always a favorite among you guys.”
Before giving the okay to leave and take on the night, Mr. Wilson concludes with, “Reminder to everyone… we do not sit and we do not sleep. That is how we show our support for The Four Diamonds, by remaining awake and standing the whole 12 hours.”
Senior Mason Phillips-Cary lead the teaching of the line dance, which included moves and lyrics that describe events that have happened in last year.
Dancers then dispersed for a short while before the start of Family Hour to scavenge for food and participate in the various activities, such as the Bounce House, face painting and dancing in the commons.