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Our Best Features From THON 2023

THON 2023 is in the books.

After 46 hours of standing and dancing, THON announced it set a new single-year record with a fundraising total of $15,006,132.46, shattering the previous record set last year by more than $1.2 million.

Throughout the weekend, our team was in the BJC to capture THON 2023 in its entirety. Check out our favorite posts from this year’s THON Weekend.

707 Dancers, 7 Features

‘This Is Home’: Former THON Child Tucker Haas Dancing In THON 2023 — Lizzie Palmieri
Childhood Cancer Survivor Noelle Talarico Embracing Experience As THON 2023 Dancer — Haylee Yocum
THON History Lesson: Atlas’ Fuzzy Pink Hats — Colleen Nersten
Puerto Rican Student Association Dancers Represent In THON 2023 — Gracie Mullan
Student Nurse Kasey McMahon Honoring Cousin As THON 2023 Dancer — Ashley Connington
‘The Pinnacle Of My Career’: Nittany Lion Mascot’s Journey To Dancing In THON — Mara McKeon
Marissa Hunt & Emma Wolfe Taking THON Talents From Stands To Floor As Dancers — Joe Lister

Wacky, Weird, & Wonderful

What To Do On The BJC’s Jumbotron At THON 2023 — Joe Lister
Crafting The Best THON Haikus — Tobey Prime
Power Ranking Names Seen On The Jumbotron At THON 2023 — Charlie Pegler
Types Of People You’ll See On The THON 2023 Concourse — Megan Kelby
Takeaways From Penn State Football’s THON 2023 Pep Rally Routine — Sam Fremin
[Video] What’s In Your Fanny Pack?: THON 2023 — Grace Cunningham, Tobey Prime, & Rico Gore
THON 2023 Pep Rally Superlatives — Keeley Lamm
10 Questions With The THON Orange Inflatable Girl — Joe Lister

Let’s Check In On Those Dancer Relations Captains!

THON 2023 Line Dance Lyrics — Gabe Angieri
Power Ranking The THON 2023 Line Dance Lyrics — Colleen Nersten
What’s Missing From The THON 2023 Line Dance? — Ashley Connington
‘Genius Lyrics’ Breakdown Of THON 2023’s Line Dance — Sam Fremin

Touching Moments & Guest Speakers

State College Mayor Ezra Nanes Officially Declares State College ‘City Of THON’ — Sam Fremin
Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford Offers Encouragement During THON’s Saturday Afternoon Slate — Connor Krause
Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro Speaks At THON 2023 — Gabe Angieri
Kids & Teens Bring Multitude Of Talents To THON 2023 — Haylee Yocum
Former Penn State Quarterback Matt McGloin Emceeing THON 2023 Pep Rally — Gabe Angieri
Bendapudi, Kraft, & Franklin Prep THON 2023 Crowd Ahead Of Pep Rally — Sam Fremin
‘It’s Really Surreal’: Checking In With Tucker Haas On The Floor Of THON 2023 — Lizzie Palmieri
THON 2023’s Family Hour Reminds Us Why We THON — Mackenna Yount

Surprise Performances, Musical Acts Electrify The BJC

Natasha Bedingfield Shows There’s No ‘Love Like THON’ In Friday Night Performance — Gracie Mullan
Pop-Punk ‘Royals’ Rock The Stage At THON 2023 — Adam Babetski
Cody Sabol Thrills THON Stage With Intense Speed Painting Session — Connor Krause
Whethan Shows ‘Superlove’ To THON During Saturday Night DJ Set — Lizzie Palmieri
Donny Burns & The 3rd Degree Rocks The Stage In Early Sunday Morning Hours — Devon Craley
‘My Hero Zero’ Performs At THON For Thirteenth Consecutive Time — Nolan Wick
‘One More Song’: Adam And The Armadillos Hold Down Country Hour At THON 2023 — Joe Lister
THE BAND LIGHT ‘Can’t Back Down’ Following THON 2023 Performance — Keeley Lamm
GoGo Retro Brings The Energy During THON 2023’s Final Performance — Connor Krause

THON 2023 Through Our Lens

[Photo Story] THON 2023’s Human Tunnel — Annie Kubiak
[Photo Story] Natasha Bedingfield Releases Her Inhibitions At THON 2023 — Colleen Nersten
[Photo Story] Greek Letters At THON 2023 — Annie Kubiak
[Photo Story] The Best Photos From Day One Of THON 2023 — Alysa Rubin
[Photo Story] A Cut Above: THON Hair Donations — Alysa Rubin
[Photo Story] Penn State Football Hosts Annual THON Explorers Event — Jack Anderson-Jussen
[Photo Story] Kids Get Sporty At Athlete Hour — Alysa Rubin
[Photo Story] THON 2023 Kids’ Talent Show — Adam Babetski
[Photo Story] A Look At The THON 2023 Pep Rally — Colleen Nersten
[Photo Story] The Best Photos From Day Two Of THON 2023 — Annie Kubiak
[Photo Story] 46 Of Our Favorite Photos From THON 2023 — Annie Kubiak

Finally, here’s the moment when it was revealed THON 2023 raised $15,006,132.46 all For The Kids, breaking the single-year record for the second consecutive year. For complete coverage of THON 2023, you can check out our live blog, which was updated throughout the 46-hour dance marathon.

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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