Our Best Features From THON 2021

Believe it or not, THON 2021 came and went in the blink of an eye and raised $10,638,078.62 For The Kids in the process.

While THONing from home, you probably didn’t get a chance to take in all of the weekend’s best, biggest, or craziest stories. If you need a refresher or simply want to reminisce, check out our favorites from THON Weekend below!

592 Dancers, 5 Features

Nearly 600 dancers took part in THON 2021 from around the country. Our staff profiled dozens, including pairs of longtime best friends, twin sisters, Homecoming royalty, and even folks from nearly 4,000 miles away.

Dancing In THON 2021 From A Penn State Dorm Room — Colleen Nersten

Homecoming 2020 Executive Director Julia Greco ‘Making The Most’ Of Dancing In Final THON — Mackenzie Cullen

Twin Sisters Take On Virtual THON As Dancers For Penn State Greater Allegheny — Owen Abbey

Dancing In THON 2021 From 3,700 Miles Away — Ryen Gailey

From Kindergarten To Dancing In THON 2021: Two Best Friends’ Journey — Colleen Nersten

Wacky, Weird, & Wonderful

From recreating THON 2021 in Club Penguin to power-ranking late-night interviews amid our 3 a.m. delusions, things got kinda weird over THON Weekend. But, hey. That’s when things get fun!

Ranking Casey Kummer’s Overnight THON 2021 Interviews — Mackenna Yount

Recreating THON 2021 From Club Penguin — Ryen Gailey

Power Ranking Saturday’s Virtual OPP Mopping Videos — Mackenna Yount

Recreating The BJC Experience While THONing From Home — Grace Cunningham

Your Guide To Stretching During THON 2021 — Mackenna Yount

Playing THON’s Minute-To Win-It-Games At 3 A.M. — Connor Donohue

People Draw THON 2021’s ‘Rise And Unify’ Logo From Memory — Owen Abbey

Dancer Relations Captains, To The…Livestream!

Elevate, prepare to fly // Speakers on, amplify!

As always, THON’s line dance energized the Penn State community for 46 hours straight with an electric combination of obscure references, hip dance moves, and ~pizzazz~.

Predicting The THON 2021 Line Dance — Matt DiSanto

THON 2021 Line Dance Lyrics — Matt DiSanto

References THON 2021’s Line Dance Missed — Ryan Parsons

An Officially Official Power Ranking Of The THON 2021 Line Dance Lyrics — Katie Moats

‘Genius Lyrics’ Breakdown Of The THON 2021 Line Dance — Will Pegler

[Video] THON 2021 Line Dance (With Lyrics!) — Ryan Parsons

Our Favorite Line Dance Moves From THON 2021 — Rory Pelella

Your THON 2021 Final Four Line Dances — Matt DiSanto

Touching Moments & Guest Speakers

Although President Barron and James Franklin were oddly nowhere to be found, some special guests stopped by THON 2021 to cheer on dancers and support the cause. THON events like the pep rally and Family Hour were wholly unique, too.

Mayor Ron Filippelli Officially Declares State College ‘City Of THON’ — Matt DiSanto

THON Children Show Off Electric Skills In Kids’, Teens’ Talent Shows — Colleen Nersten

Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford Speaks At THON 2021 — Matt DiSanto

THON Pep Rally Highlights Second Night Of THON — Otis Lyons

Sue Paterno Speaks At THON 2021 — Matt DiSanto

THON Children Rule The Runway In Kids’ Fashion Show — Grace Cunningham

THON 2021’s Family Hour Just As Emotional & Impactful Virtually — Mackenzie Cullen

Quinn XCII, Louis The Child, & More Perform

Big-name acts like Quinn XCII and Louis the Child headlined THON 2021. Plus, performances from popular cover bands and local acts helped solidify a stacked lineup of weekend entertainment.

Quinn XCII Provides THON 2021 With Perfect ‘Change Of Scenery’ — Mackenna Yount

‘Vision To None’ Energizes THON 2021 Livestream — Gabe Angieri

‘Lowjack’ Brings The Classic Hits In Saturday Afternoon THON Performance — Otis Lyons

Louis The Child Brings The Heat In THON 2021 Guest Performance — Otis Lyons

‘Go Go Gadjet’ Rocks THON Livestream During Final-Hour Performance — Gabe Angieri

A compilation of our THON coverage simply wouldn’t be complete without a snapshot of this year’s total. All of the hard work throughout the year resulted in $10,638,078.62 FTK!

For complete, comprehensive coverage of all things THON 2021, check out our live blog of all 46 hours.

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About the Author

Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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