A bittersweet Sports Day

Myra Johnson, president of ICC, participates in her last Sports Day.
Apr. 19, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

It was a bittersweet day at Isothermal Community College on Thursday.

Myra Johnson, current president of ICC, celebrated her last Sports Day before she officially retires Tuesday, April 30.

"Sports Day is a tradition. We've had it as long as I can remember," Johnson said. "Some of my favorite memories are when we used to cook all the hotdogs and hamburgers for the students. Now we cater it, but I used to help cook."

Sports Day is celebrated once a year at the college. Classes are canceled from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m and students are invited to participate in a variety of fun activities in front of the Student Center. It is also one of two days throughout the year that fishing is allowed at the school's lake.

"We're two-thirds of the way through the spring semester, the weather is getting nice and everyone is thinking about being outside and graduation," said Mike Gavin, director of marketing and community relations. "It's a good way to get outside and have fun on a nice spring day. It's a long tradition and one that we are thrilled to continue."

To show their appreciation to Myra for her 30 years of service at ICC, members of the Student Government Association presented her and the school with the spirit stick that they won during the SGA conferences they recently attended. The award is based on the participation of the delegates and this is the first year that the ICC SGA has received it. After the ceremony, Johnson and students created their own "Harlem Shake" video.

"It's a special place with special people. It will be hard to leave," Johnson said.

The school also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Community College System with a cake cutting ceremony.

"The system started as a small group and in the past 50 years it has grown into a system. It's now 58 colleges and serves 800,000 students," Gavin said.

Other activities throughout the day included an airbrush t-shirt vendor, an inflatable wrecking ball game, food from Ol' Blues House of BBQ and ICC's Got Talent.

"For ICC's Got Talent, they had to audition and then we put those up on Youtube. The ones that got the top votes on Youtube get to perform today," Gavin said. "A panel of judges will pick out the winners."