68th Annual Nykerk Cup Competition
Will Be Saturday, Nov. 9
Posted October 30, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College will host its 68th annual
Nykerk Cup competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, 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 approximately 200 members of the freshman and
sophomore classes competing in song, plays and oration. The
participating classes this year are the freshman Class of
'06 and the sophomore Class of '05.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
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.
This year's competition will be carried live on
local cable channel 15.
The sophomore song will be "Grease Medley," words
and music by Warren Casey, Jim Jacobs and John Farrar;
arranged by Mac Huff and Mark Brymer, with additional
arranging by senior Erryn Jenks of Lincoln. The sophomore
song will be coached by Jenks and senior Courtney Beechick
of Barrington, Ill.
The sophomore song morale coaches are seniors Matt
Zwier of Portage, Justin Janik of Tinley Park, Ill., and
Eric Jones of Grand Rapids.
The freshman song will be "It's Only a Paper
Moon," words and music by Billy Rose and E.Y. Harburg;
arranged by Kirby Shaw. The freshman song will be coached
by juniors Samantha Hyde of Kalamazoo and Annie Gonzalez of
The freshman song morale coaches are juniors Marty
Jordan of Whittemore and Wylie Douglass of Libertyville,
The sophomore play will be "Peter Vanderpan from
Dutchy Dutchy Land," written and coached by seniors Jordana
Blondin of Grand Blanc and Anne Oppenhuizen of Grandville.
The sophomore play morale coaches are seniors Dan
Hendricks of Novi, Nick Denis of Saint Clair Shores, and
Chad Sampson of Portage.
The freshman play is "Clue," written and coached
by juniors Rebecca Barry of Gurnee, Ill., and Marjorie Behm
The freshman play morale coaches are juniors Scott
Hinze of Shelby, David Pridmore of Novi, Mike Polk of Center
Line, and Seth DeVries of Fishers, Ind.
This year's oration theme is "From the Inside
The sophomore orator will be Jessica Henneman of
Ludington, and her speech is titled "Authenticity Defined."
She will be coached by senior Kristi Cummings of Howard
The freshman orator will be Anne Bast of Grand
Rapids, and her speech is titled "Beneath the Surface."
Bast will be coached by juniors Meridith DeAvila of Holland
and Leslie Skaistis of Bloomfield Hills.
The general chair of Nykerk is senior Hillary
Noordeloos of Rockford. Serving as general chair-elect is
junior Kristi Creswell of Grand Rapids. The senior
treasurer is Abbie Gonzales of Holland. The junior
treasurer is Kendra Slotten of Grand Ledge.
Annie Hilbrecht of Kalamzoo is the senior
publicity chair. The junior publicity chair is Kristina
Martinez of Holland. The secretary for the 68th annual
Nykerk Cup competition is senior Lisa Hardy of Midland.
Juniors Cory Mc Call of Portage and Kimberly Roush of
Traverse City are the production coordinators.
The weekend will feature a variety of other
performances and presentations in addition to the Nykerk Cup
The college's Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble I
will perform on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent
Memorial Chapel, located on College Avenue at 12th Street.
Admission is free.
The football team will host Olivet College on
Saturday, Nov. 9, 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 Faculty Recital Series will continue on
Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk
Hall of Music. Admission is free.
The gallery of the De Pree Art Center is featuring
an exhibition of 40 paintings by Bruce McCombs of the art
faculty depicting views and architectural details of campus
through Sunday, Nov. 17. 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.