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BC Celebrates 130th Mountain Day

For 130 years, students have been excused from classes and labor, and have come together for Mountain Day. This year's theme was developed to celebrate Mountain Day's 130th birthday during the college's sesquicentennial year.

Students gathered at the Pinnacle in a record attendance to partake in the numerous activities offered by the Mountain Day Committee. Various "old time" game booths were set up, kettle corn and caramel apples were served, and a special performance was given by the nationally acclaimed Recycled Percussion group to celebrate the traditional Mountain Day.

Recycled Percussion was the highlight of Mountain Day for many participants. The group entertained approximately 200 attendees at the Indian Fort Theater. Recycled Percussion fuse rock, funk, and rap while incorporating a unique drumming style to produce "nothing you've ever heard before." The band utilized over-turned buckets, barrels, and folding chairs as drums. The show also featured a beat-boxing showcase and limitless energy. Although it was the New Hampshire group's first Mountain Day, they were excited and eager to participate in the festivities. Front man "Sir" Justin Spencer stated, "We heard there was a spiritual and cultural event going on and that the school was celebrating their 150th year. We knew it was a big day for Berea."

Students were also invited to take part in the traditional hike to the Pinnacle. Though challenging, the hike up to the Pinnacle afforded climbers with a spectacular view of Berea's countryside and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. April Aldeen, a third year student, was hiking the eastern Pinnacle for the first time. April offered her "mountain musing" of "life is like the mountain, easy at times and hard at others." When asked what her favorite part of Mountain Day was, Aldeen replied, "meeting up with friends and taking time to reflect on life and the year thus far."

Following are the results for the various games and activities:

Trail Mix Game: 11 categories

Women's Division
1st-Anna Smith
2nd-Estill Street
3rd-James Hall

Men's Division
1st-Dana Hall
2nd-Kentucky Hall
3rd-Capps House

Race to the Summit

Non-Athlete Group:
1st- Country Dancers
2nd- Anna Smith

Athlete Group:
1st- Track Club # 1
2nd- Ultimate Frisbee (Jake's Team)
3rd- Ultimate Frisbee (Jason's Team)
4th- Track Club # 2

RED Baller Band Winners:
Becca Williams and Sarah Griffin

Pioneer Game Winners

Women's Individual
1st Place Denise Richardson
2nd Place Lacey Bostick
3rd Place Amanda Torres

Men's Individual
1st Place James Miller
2nd Place Chris Johnson
3rd Place Jumis Locmelis

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