By Samantha Schupanitz Logos Lite Student March 21, 2017
Students from area high schools had the opportunity to attend NIACC’s first-annual Bustin’ Out Blue. High schoolers from grades 9 to 12 were able to participate. Around 130 students joined many activities offered throughout campus.
Brittney Yost, NIACC Enrollment Advisor, explained the multiple events offered throughout the course of the day. “The students who attended had a campus and housing tour, the opportunity to learn about their interested academic area of study, receive information on financial aid and scholarships and most fun of all cheer on the Trojans at the basketball games,” she said.
The NIACC Trojan Dance Team invited all area high school dancers to join them in learning a light routine. Some 50 dancers participated in a two hour session of learning the dance and then performed during halftime of the men’s basketball game. High school dance team coaches encouraged their dancers to attend the Bustin’ Out Blue and perform in the routine.
Sarah Vaith, Mason City High School junior, is a third year member of the Mohawk Danzers. She has been in dance for 12 years, attending Dance Unlimited in Mason City. “I participated in dancing with the NIACC dance team at the halftime performance,” said Vaith. “Being in an atmosphere with the NIACC Trojan Dance Team and their coach made me take into consideration going to NIACC and trying out for dance.”
Many of the dancers came from all areas of the Midwest. Dancers from Cedar Falls, Mason City, Newman Catholic, North Butler, West Fork, Charles City, Forest City, Belmond-Klemme, Wisconsin and Minnesota participated.
“I met lots of new people, and also saw some familiar faces. I enjoyed most interacting with dancers from other towns!” explained Vaith.
After the basketball games, students were invited to partake in free pizza and watch an illusionist. “After the games, students were invited to one of our student activities, Chris Carter, The Mentalist,” explained Yost. Carter performed a number of mind twisting tricks and interacted with the students.
On top of all the activities planned around campus, NIACC offered a number of prizes. “In addition to all this fun, there were many awesome prizes students had the opportunity to win. Students were entered into drawings for a 32 inch Smart TV; Wireless Beats; Amazon Fires; gift cards galore from Casey’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Amazon and Target; and two- $1,000 scholarships. Students had to be present to win,” Yost said.
NIACC has decided to continue the Bustin’ Out Blue event in future years as a chance for area high school students to explore their options.