67th Annual Nykerk Cup Competition
Will Be Saturday, Nov. 3
Posted October 24, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College will host its 67th annual
Nykerk Cup competition on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in the
Holland Civic Center, located at 150 W. 8th St.
The event, one of a variety of activities
scheduled during the college's Parents' Weekend, will
feature more than 325 members of the freshman and sophomore
classes competing in song, play (drama) and oration. The
participating classes this year are the freshman Class of
'05 and the sophomore Class of '04.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
This year's competition will be carried live on
local cable channel 6.
The competition, first held on March 16, 1936, 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 sophomore song will be "This Little Light of
Mine" arranged by Clifton J. Nobel Jr., additional words by
sophomores Sara Luneack of Alma and Anna Sutton of Dimondale
and additional music by seniors Teresa Sheffield and Megan
Zeneberg of Roscommon. The sophomore song will be coached
by Zeneberg and Jodi DeHaan of Mason.
The sophomore song morale coaches are seniors Pat
Kinne of Syracuse, N.Y., and Jacob VanPernis of Ashland,
The freshman song will be the 1964 #1 hit, "My
Guy," words and music by William "Smokey" Robinson and
arranged by Mac Huff. The freshman song will be coached by
juniors Erryn Jenks of Lincoln and Courtney Beechick of
The freshman song morale coaches are juniors Eric
Jones of Grand Rapids, Justin Janik of Tinley Park, Ill.,
and Matt Zwier of Portage.
The sophomore play will be "There's No Place Like
Hope," adapted (from L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz") and
coached by seniors Lindsay Maharg of Cass City and Erin
Wysocki of Plymouth.
The sophomore play morale coaches are seniors
Charles Kroll of Caledonia, Ian Samson of Clinton Township
and Jason Mellema of Fremont.
The freshman play is "The Disconbobulated
Fairytale," written and coached by juniors Jordana Blondin
of Grand Blanc and Anne Oppenhuizen of Grandville.
The freshman play morale coaches are juniors Nick
Denis of Saint Clair Shores, Daniel Hendricks of Novi, and
Chad Sampson of Portage.
This year's oration theme is "Young Enough to
Know." The sophomore orator will be Meridith De Avila of
Holland, and her speech is tiled "With a Bold Step." She
will be coached by seniors Briony Peters of Menominee and
Heather Dustin of Contoocook, N.H.
The freshman orator will be Gretchen Schmidt of
Atlanta, Ga., and her speech is titled "The Genuine
Treatment." Schmidt will be coached by juniors Kristi
Cummings of Howard City and Kristin Tiscornia of Geneseo,
The general chair of Nykerk is senior Renee Mursch
of San Antonia, Texas. Serving as general chair-elect is
junior Hillary Noordeloos of Rockford. The senior treasurer
is Lori Brown of Cass City. The junior treasurer is Abbie
Gonzales of Holland.
Marta Liang of Fairview, Ill., is the senior
publicity chair. The junior publicity chair is Annie
Hilbrecht of Kalamazoo. The secretary for the 67th annual
Nykerk Cup competition is junior Lisa Hardy of Midland.
Junior Sarah Crisman of Downers Grove, Ill., is the
The weekend will feature several other
performances and presentations in addition to the Nykerk Cup
Josiah Dykstra, a senior and violinist from Sioux
City, Iowa, will present his senior recital on Friday, Nov.
2, at 6 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music,
located between College and Columbia avenues along the
former 12th Street. Admission is free.
The Hope College Orchestra and Hope College Wind
Symphony will perform on Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. in
Dimnent Memorial Chapel, located on College Avenue at 12th
Street. Admission is free.
The Knickerbocker Theatre will show the Czech film
"Divided We Fall" on Friday, Nov. 2, as well as on Monday-
Thursday, Nov. 5-8, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The film is
rated PG-13, and tickets are $5 for regular adult admission
and $4 for senior citizens and students. The Knickerbocker
Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St.
The football team will host Olivet College on
Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. at Holland Municipal Stadium,
located on Fairbanks Avenue between 13th and 16th Streets.
Tickets for the game are $4 for general admission, $1 for
students high school age and younger, and $6 for reserved
The men's and women's swimming teams will host
Calvin College and Olivet College on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1
p.m. in Kresge Natatorium of the Dow Center, located on 13th
Street at Columbia Avenue. Admission is free.
The Faculty Recital Series will continue on
Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk
Hall of Music. The program, featuring three sonatas for
piano and cello by Ludwig van Beethoven, will be presented
by pianist Joan Conway and cellist Richard Piippo. Admission is free.
The gallery of the De Pree Art Center is featuring
the exhibition "Gabra Sellase: Ethiopian Icon Painter"
through Friday, Nov. 16. The De Pree Art Center is located
on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street, and the gallery is open
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday
from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.