Exec Life: A Different Perspective to Nykerk

Well Readers, as most of you know, the 81st Nykerk Cup competition took place last night and it was SO impressive! For a little taste if you didn’t see it, you can check out Odd Year’s song and read about the competition in this post from my fellow blogger, Kathryn.

Anyway, since you know all about Nykerk now and what the general gist of it is, I thought for this post, I’d give you a different perspective of it! I think I’ve mentioned before that I am on the Executive Board for Nykerk as the Junior (now Senior) Treasurer, so I’ll tell you all about what I did this weekend and what behind the scenes work went into making Nykerk go smoothly this year!

Starting with Friday, the exec board had to be in the DeVos Fieldhouse, the place where Nykerk was held, at 5 p.m. Run-throughs for Even and Odd Year Oration, Song, and Play started at 5:30 p.m. and ran until midnight that evening. At that point it was very cool to see all the hard work both years had put into their respective areas. What exec board did during this time was make sure that if any area needed anything, that it was taken care of. We did anything from tape foam to the bleachers where song would sing, to set up the DVD table where DVDs were being sold. It was very cool to see everything become smoother as the night went on. Total hour count in DeVos for Friday: 7 hours.

Then came Saturday. Exec had to be back in DeVos at 7:45 a.m. for rehearsals that started at 8:00 a.m. – woah! I am a morning person, so this was a wonderful time for me. 🙂 Seeing everything go from smooth to fluid was so fulfilling. Even though mornings are my specialty, I must admit that by noon, I was a little sleepy. Luckily, my fellow treasurer and I had an errand to do: we went to go get lunch for everyone! 22 sandwiches, 10 cookies and 10 bags of chips later, Jimmy Johns was the hero for Exec board and Nycrew (people that ran the spotlights, ran the sets for the plays, and basically did a great deal to keep the show moving).

Picking up the sandwiches at Jimmy John’s
Yes this is me with ALL THE SANDWICHES!

More run-throughs ensued until 3:30 when everyone went home to change for Nykerk that evening. Total time spent in DeVos before Nykerk took place: 14 hours.

My co-treasurer and I
My co-treasurer and I after all 14 hours of pre-Nykerk took place. We made it!

After all was said and done, Nykerk took place! It went off without a hitch and was very fluid and impressive. Sitting near the front, I couldn’t help feeling like Nykerk was my baby and it had just taken it’s first steps. I was so proud, as was the rest of the Executive Board. All our hard work had paid off into a great show that everyone enjoyed. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and hopefully if you went, you enjoyed it too!

The Nykerk Executive Board
This is the hard working Executive Board! They are an awesome group of girls that made Nykerk and unforgettable performance!

I hope your week starts off well, Readers!

Until next time!

Published by Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at mikaila.bisson@hope.edu because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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