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Students hop into school spirit at Yell Like Hell

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The Student Union theatre got wild as the annual Yell Like Hell Courtwarming Talent Show unfolded.

The Office of Student Involvement and Union Programming Board hosted Thursday’s talent show. (Source: Gabrielle Reneau, U-News Photo Intern)
The Office of Student Involvement and Union Programming Board hosted Thursday’s talent show. (Source: Gabrielle Reneau, U-News Photo Intern)

Showcasing Roo Royalty’s seven 2018 candidates and participating student organizations, Yell Like Hell boasted an overwhelming crowd. The Office of Student Involvement and the Union Programming Board hosted as the candidates prepared an array of talents, from dances to musical performances.

The winning three talents of the night received varying point amounts towards their Roo Royalty campaign. The judges granted 10 points for Alice Opoku of the African Student Association, who took third, 20 points for Sarah Wells of Alpha Delta Pi, who won second and 30 points for Natalie Hawkins of Campus Ambassadors, who won first place.

For Natalie Hawkins, this wasn’t just an individual win. Rather, Yell Like Hell was all about teamwork. Planning and practicing for three weeks prior to the event, the Campus Ambassadors created their song and dance skit, featuring Natalie’s vocal and guitar skills, as a group. Natalie’s favorite part of Yell Like Hell was this process, more so than the actual performance.

“Going to rehearsals and out for food after, we got a lot closer as a team,” Hawkins said.

Routines were judged based on the incorporation of the “safari” theme and overall school spirit. (Source: Gabrielle Reneau, U-News Photo Intern)
Routines were judged based on the incorporation of the “safari” theme and overall school spirit. (Source: Gabrielle Reneau, U-News Photo
Intern)

The judges scored each act on its individual routine, but also incorporation of the safari theme and overall school spirit.

Hawkins explained that her participation in Courtwarming stemmed from her school spirit and love of the Campus Ambassador program.

“We’re a smaller organization and a diverse group of people,” she acknowledged. “I don’t think people know about us.”

Through Courtwarming events like Yell Like Hell, smaller organizations are able to create good exposure for their groups on the same platform as bigger organizations.

For Hawkins, school spirit and student involvement is number one.

“When you feel more connected to campus, the more you’re connected to your education,” she explained. “The more involved I am, the more excited I am to give back.”

 

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