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2015 Penn State Superlatives: The Best Of The Best

In high school, many of us probably won a class superlative, or at the very least were nominated for one. They’re senseless awards that get the senior class riled up and excited to see who’s popular and who’s not. Then college happens.

At Penn State, senior year superlatives are even more pointless than they were in high school. With more than 40,000 undergraduate students, it’s impossible to find the best looking student or cutest couple. Instead of letting the class vote, we just decided to go right ahead and pick them ourselves. Without further ado, here’s this year’s 2015 Penn State Superlatives:

Biggest Flirt: The Men’s Basketball Team


How many boys, or girls, have ripped your heart out as many times as the men’s basketball team? Thanks to countless teases, close calls, and devastating losses, the men’s basketball team has ripped our heart out and threw it on the ground. Without a doubt, this tumultuous and tormenting relationship will haunt us for quite some time. Or until it’s basketball season once again.

Most Organized: The THON Executive Committee

THON 2014 Executive Committee

Led by Megan Renaut, the THON overall committee was able to raise $13,026,653.23 #FTK. Without the organization and commitment of all those involved, the BJC would have been left in shambles, failing to inspire people across the nation.

Best Dressed: James Franklin


If you’ve ever seen Coach Franklin enter Beaver Stadium on game-day, this announcement shouldn’t surprise you at all. His sharp suits and Penn State attire make him just as fashionable as our Onward State Natty Nittanys. Franklin is always looking dapper, and we can be thankful that his recruiting ability is tantamount to his suit-wearing prowess.

Biggest Drama Queen: Keith Olbermann

Olbermann - August 26, 2013

Is there possibly a bigger drama queen in the entire world? From making rude remarks about Penn State students to his poorly researched facts, Olbermann will say just about anything for attention, even if it backfires miserably.

Tallest Students: Jordan Dickerson and Candice Agee

dickerson dunk

Although we were only able to find the heights of Penn State’s student athletes, Dickerson and Agee are hard to miss when walking around campus. Dickerson, a junior center on the flirty basketball team stands at 7-foot-1. Agee, who is also a junior center but for the Lady Lions stands at 6-foot-6.

Most Athletic: Micha Hancock and Christian Hackenberg

volleyball micha hancock

This is the superlative you saw coming a mile away. Star volleyball setter Micha Hancock led her team to its seventh national title. Whereas quarterback Christian Hackenberg led his team to a Pinestripe Bowl victory, the team’s first postseason win since the devastating sanctions.

Best Personality: Mike the Mailman


Everyday at the post office, Mike the Mailman shares his contagious smile to the point where he even earned his own appreciation day. He’s the upbeat, genuine character every campus deserves, and we’re very fortunate to have him.

Most Musically Gifted: Dr. Richard O. Bundy

Photo: Annemarie Mountz
Photo: Annemarie Mountz

After 35 years of service with the Penn State Blue Band, Dr. Richard O. Bundy is the obvious choice. The Blue Band director has led the band to countless awards and memorable half-time performances. Although we’re sad to see him leave, he’ll always be remembered.

Most Photogenic: Old Main


Looking at Old Main from all angles, it’s hard to find an ugly side. Serving as the oldest building on campus, you’re more than likely to see it a couple times a day on your Instagram feed.

Class Clown: Full Ammo Improv

Photo: Jamie Saslaw
Photo by Jamie Saslaw

We told you about Penn State’s funniest students earlier this week. The witty student group can turn any scenario or situation into some improvised humor. There are plenty of funny students at Penn State, but combined, Full Ammo Improv is the undisputed class clown.

Most Likely to Succeed: Emily McDonald and Terry Ford


As the newly elected President and Vice President of Penn State’s UPUA, McDonald and Ford have a bright future ahead of them. Together, they have  promised an ambitious platform and will certainly try their hardest to accomplish it.

Class Couple: Molly and Eric Barron


What’s a great President without an equally great First Lady?

Most School Spirit: The Nittany Lion

nittany lion mascot cowbell

“The symbol of our best.”  Enough said.

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About the Author

Brandilyn Heckman

is a junior majoring in Secondary Education (English). Though she commutes to class from her home in Penns Valley, she refuses to be called a 'townie.' Along with Onward State, she currently interns with the Centre Daily Times. In her spare time, she is unafraid to show her love for Penn State, Landon Donovan, and Captain America. You can follow her on twitter at @Brandilynh or contact her via email with [email protected]

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