A Time of CelebrationHomecoming and High School Days Weekend
The Homecoming and High School Days weekend on the YC campus was blessed with yet another gorgeous Saturday for all the outside activities taking place, including the crowning of Homecoming royalty, King DeAnthony Ellison and Queen Carrie Berzins. A full slate of activities over the three days left everyone happily exhausted and ready for their fall break.
High school juniors and seniors had the opportunity to attend college classes and chapel on Friday morning. Students were blessed to hear from Patti (Klein '72) Sikes as the featured speaker.
Later that morning, the athletic department joined with the Lettermen's Association in the induction of YC Panther legends, Don Moomey '59, Hub Foster, and Bruce Tandy '67, into the York College Athletics Hall of Fame. After the luncheon ceremony, the Hall of Fame wall was unveiled at the Freeman Center with family and friends sharing the honor.
That afternoon, alumni and guests participated in the 16th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament held at the York Country Club. Over $1,500 was awarded in flags and prizes through the support of alumni sponsors: David Lynn ’74, Grimes brothers (Dave ’76, Mark ’78, and Scott ’80), and Roger Deal ’90. The winning score of 63 was turned in by three teams, all getting an equal share of the cash prize.
Gurganus Hall was filled to overflowing as guests enjoyed the humorous production The Inspector General put on by the YC Theatre Department. Closing out Friday’s schedule was a reception for alumni and a campus-wide s'mores party for high school guests.
Saturday's Alumni Chapel was provided by Rick Eldred ’71 and Dan Knight '72. Knight, a minister for the Overland Park congregation in Kansas City, spoke about his YC experience and allowing God's power to work in weakness.
The Concert Choir delivered another great performance under the director of Dr. Clark Roush, Endowed Chair for the Performing Arts. The traditional invitation for choir alumni to take the stage saw 120+ perform Lord, Make Me an Instrument and The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
Alumni chapel concluded with the presentation of the 2012 alumni awards. The Young Alumnus of the Year award went to Dr. Aaron Fletcher '02, a professor of chemistry at Dallas Baptist University and member of the York College President's Council. Alumnus of the Year was presented to David Lynn '74, founder and owner of Sequoia Consulting Group and a member of the York College Board of Trustees. The first ever Legacy Award was given to the Jack and Robbie Sikes family for their years of supporting the college, spanning six decades. In all, 42 family members have attended or are current students at YC.
Homecoming Royalty was crowned during halftime of the men's soccer game with Carrie Berzins, senior Sports Management major from Aurora, Colorado, receiving the honors as YC queen and DeAnthony Ellison, senior Physical Education major from Sherman, Texas, crowned king. Other members of the Homecoming Court were senior candidates (front row l-r): Katie Kynion, Reid VanWesten, Alice Hackett, Brent Smith, Stephanie Studebaker, and Michael Miller; (back row) Freshman – Nicole Gates and Levi Swenson; Sophomores – Molly Bartee and Caleb Smith; Juniors – Alaia Navratil and Matthew Miller.