The event is one of a variety of activities scheduled during the college’s Family Weekend. It will feature more than 200 members of the freshman and sophomore classes competing in song, plays and oration.
The participating classes this year are the freshman Class of 2015 and the sophomore Class of 2014.
Tickets are $5, and available to the general public through Friday in the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at 616-395-7890.
The competition was first held on March 16, 1936. It is named in honor of the originator of the program, John Nykerk — a professor, college dean and founder of the Hope College department of music.
The event is continuously staged before a large audience.
The oration theme is “Eyes Open.” The sophomore orator is Claire Tally of Overland Park, Kan. — whose coaches are Cara Green of Golden, Colo.; and Zoann Wissner of Sebewaing. The freshman orator is Alyssa Drew of Kalamazoo — whose coaches are Jordan Walters of Austin, Texas; and Karli Rowe of Rockford.
The sophomore play is “Peter Pan.” The coaches are Allie Theune of Sheboygan, Wis.; and Katie Garrett of Byron Center. The morale coaches are Doyle Lewis of Madison Heights; Michael Naughton of Prospect Heights, Ill.; and Patrick Lutz of Canton.
The freshman play is “One for the Books.” The coaches are Natalia Granzotto of Grand Rapids and Hannah Mielke of Canton. The morale coaches are Justin Makowski of Detroit; Sean Cratty of Rockford, Ill.; and Thomas Endean of Holland.
The freshman song is “Eye of the Tiger.” The coaches are Alicia Curtis of West Bloomfield and Mara McMurray of Petoskey. The morale coaches are Jamin Wieringa of Zeeland, Wesley Rieth of Three Oaks and Tyler Rumsey of Zeeland.
The sophomore song is “Thriller Night,” arranged by AmberLyn Scheeringa of Schererville, Ind. The coaches are AmberLyn Scheeringa and Andrea Converse of Lowell. The morale coaches are Brent Smith of Owosso, Marc Tori of Pinckney and Matt Hartwell of Brighton.
During the event’s intermission, the song sections will perform “Say A Little Prayer for You,” arranged by Jay Althouse.
The weekend will feature a variety of other performances and presentations in addition to the Nykerk Cup competition.
The three-day Family Weekend, running Friday through Sunday, will also feature activities geared toward parents of current students specifically, including a variety of open classes and discussion sessions focused on various aspects of college life.
Additional information about the weekend is available online at www.hope.edu/parents/familyweekend/index.html.
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