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Your Best Penn State-Themed Pong Tables

Last week, we asked you to send us your most creative Penn State pong table designs. As you can imagine, the Penn State community went above and beyond.

Submitted tables ranged from bottle caps collected over the years to decked out football-themed paintings. We received tables from students, alumni, and huge TikTok lovers. 

Whether you made your table before the coronavirus hit or spent your entire quarantine creating one to remember, they were fantastic. We compiled our favorite submissions below.

Matt Ziegler

Ziegler spent 130 hours designing the perfect table filled with his favorite State College bars and drinks. The 8-foot table has multiple layers of paint to make the colors pop and is sealed off with clear polyurethane.

“I had the time and wanted something for me and my friends to use to really enjoy our last year at Penn State,” Ziegler said.

Sarah Parks

Over quarantine, Parks was painfully bored and inspired by all the impressive tables seen on TikTok. She wanted to create something that she could use at school but one table just wasn’t enough for her.

“I started off making the initial design on PowerPoint and used artwork from Google and Red Bubble for the graphics. I sized everything out, printed each graphic, traced it on tissue paper with pencil, and then used Sharpie to trace over the tissue paper,” she said. “After, I used acrylic paints to fill everything in. The first table took about two weeks and the second one I did in about four days.”

David Zellers

Zellers and his roommates wanted a homemade table that they could use in their apartment and during tailgates. The look was completed by stenciling the sides with “JVP” and “409.”

“A quick trip to Home Depot along with some supplies found around my parents house made for an easier build. It took a few weeks between classes to finish the table,” he said.

Gia Golder

As a gift for her boyfriend’s 21st birthday, Golder spent almost 200 hours designing and painting this table. Her favorite part is a tie between the Super Smashed Bros and the Spongebob-themed triangle.

“This table is a combination off his favorite sports teams and memes, with different drink brands in the middle. The whole table was free-handed with no use of stencils,” she said.

Kaiden Dyke

With the help of stencil and Google images, Dyke and her fiancé worked together on creating an all-time Penn State themed table. We are very flattered they included the Onward State logo.

“As a lifelong townie and lover of Penn State, I decided to use some of my free time during quarantine to make a table. I got the idea from TikTok when I saw someone make one with different liquors on it,” she said. “I decided it would be cool if all the sections were filled with Penn State instead of liquors for our tailgates.”

Jay Hauseman

After collecting bottle caps for two years, Hauseman used wood and epoxy resin to create a Big Ten-themed table. The Blue Band-styled “PSU” in the middle just goes to show who bosses the conference.

“My roommates helped me collect the caps over time and didn’t get mad when I got epoxy resin on the carpet of our apartment and lost our security deposit,” he said.

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Hope Damato

Hope is a 2022 graduate who majored in broadcast journalism and was one of Onward State's social media editors. She resides in her parents house as she is still on the job hunt. Someone please hire her. Feel free to follow her on twitter @hopemarinaa to send her funny tweets or email her at [email protected] to yell.

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