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The Best THON Nail Art

Crazy costumes get all of the attention this weekend, but THON nail art is underrated. Tons of THON goers have their nails painted in honor of the event. I scoured the BJC concourse to find some of the best nails of the weekend. From matching manicures to committee colors to showing off diamond designs, it’s clear that many people made sure their manicures were carefully coordinated with their THON outfit.

Sarah Daly 


Daly, a senior, painted her nails to match the colors in this year’s THON logo.

Monica Cuneo


As the mom of a Penn State junior on the Merch committee, Cuneo got her nails done to show off her lion pride. She said she wishes the nail artist painted fewer dots on the paw print, but I still think her nails look fabulous!

Kaitlyn Lersch

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Matching your nails to your committee color is all the rage this year. Lersch painted hers green to show some Communications spirit.

Melanie DeFrancisco


THON can be tough on all of us, even our manicures. Though DeFransisco’s nails were chipping, the diamond detail was so cute I still had to include her nails.

Lauren Burke


Burke got creative to sport her committee’s colors. She incorporated her committee’s blue into her manicure via a cute chevron design on the ring finger of each hand.

R&R Committee Member Who Wouldn’t Tell Me Her Name


Though this R&R committee member wouldn’t tell me her name because she wasn’t authorized to talk to the press, her nails are awesome. She said someone in her committee painted them for her. I’m definitely impressed by the FTK and diamond design on her fingers.

Kara Fickinger


Ohana is well known for it’s bright orange and blue, and Fickinger really showed off her org spirit with her flashy nails.

Danielle Brueningsen

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These might just look like plain pink nails, but these nails have meaning behind them. Brueningsen and many girls in the Omega Phi Alpha sorority painted their nails this hue to support their THON child. One of the sorority’s THON children who passed away loved Pink,, so Omega Phi Alpha members paint their nails in her favorite color for THON in her honor.

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Mindy Szkaradnik

Mindy is a senior majoring in Print Journalism, Spanish, and Global and International Studies. She is the 12th member of her family to attend Penn State, she loves Bruce Springsteen, and her friends are always making fun of her for talking too much about study abroad. She can be reached on Twitter (@mszkarad) or via email ([email protected]).

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