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The Best Of Your Penn State License Plates: Part 1

Last week, we asked our readers to show off their Penn State-themed license plates to potentially be featured on our site. Well, let’s just say you folks certainly didn’t disappoint when displaying your Nittany Lions pride.

From Joe Paterno references to Nittany Lion tributes, there are plenty of Penn State-related license plates roaming roadways all over the country.

In fact, we received far too many submissions to include in one post, and we’ll have another post with the rest of the submissions later in the week.

Without further ado, here are some of the best Penn State license plates.

Mackenzie Phelps

Mackenzie Phelps graduated from Penn State in 2015 and then moved down to Central Florida.

“I had to show off some PSU pride and came up with this Nittany Lion plate,
she said. “There’s a surprising amount of PSU alum around. I’ve gotten quite a few comments on it! Now, I’m over on the Space Coast and have seen a few PSU stickers as well! Also, vanity plates aren’t popular in Florida. I really confused the DMV when asking for one!”

Gary Singer

On top of his own license plate that shows off his graduation year of 1987, Gary Singer also shared his parents’ plates. Penn State families are the best families, folks.

“The first plate was my Dad’s, who was a big Penn State fan,” he said. “The second plate is my Mom’s, who continues to get together with her female friends to watch the games.”

Joanne Golder

“My son gave this to me for Christmas a couple of years ago!! My last two cars have been Penn State blue and have been named ‘Nittany.'”

We love the dedication, Joanne!

Trey Golder

“Penn State runs deep in our family, all the way from my grandfather to my youngest cousin. It’s a special place that holds many memories for all of us. Our license plates are a daily reminder not only to ourselves but to other Penn Staters of their memories made in Happy Valley. When creating our plates, we loved being creative with letters and numbers. It’s impressive how many Penn State plates are on the roadway!”

You can never really go wrong with a JoePa plate, Trey.

Wayne Breisch

Wayne Breisch graduated back in 1959 and, naturally, is still showing off his Penn State pride.

“‘SNOIL’ is what the fans in the west stands at Beaver Stadium see as the Blue Band is marching off the field to their seats before a football game,” he said.

Max Dick

“When I moved to Delaware in 2010, I was surprised that this license plate would still be available. I get many horn honks and thumbs up down here. Often when I am at a stoplight, I will see someone behind me taking a picture of it.”

Lauren Rinda

“I was on the Penn State Equestrian Team (PSET), and my number at competitions was 598. Sadly, my senior season was cut short because of COVID. The team and Penn State have left me with so many great memories and lifelong friends. This plate was my graduation gift along with the alumni holder.”

Christopher Babic

“This plate honors my favorite bar of all time! If I wasn’t on campus, you could find me at The Cafe! From Homecoming parades in the fall to the first warm, sunny days of spring, I’m reminded daily of all the wonderful memories and friends that I made on the front porch (and all the teas as well). One of those friends became my wife, Janet. Our family returns to the Cafe annually to relive the glory days and show the next generation of Penn Staters how it’s done!”


Editor’s note: Featured responses were lightly edited for grammar, spelling, and clarity.

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a sophomore majoring in journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He grew up in Lindenhurst, NY and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his rants on all of his teams follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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