Jumping for THON
February 16, 2011 by Chris Dunn
As an avid fan of jumping photos, I’m excited that I’ve now taken yet another one… for a York Dispatch assignment… and it ran on today’s front page.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Penn State York sophomores Angi Solle and Sam Noerpel are excited to be the campus's two designated dancers for the 39th annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), which will require them to stay up for 46 hours on Feb. 18-20 in the Bryce Jordan Center without sleeping, sitting or imbibing caffeine. THON is a year-round fundraiser that benefits The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer for the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
The idea behind this assignment was to show the excitement and spirit these two students have. (If they weren’t excited and spirited, they wouldn’t have been chosen to be Penn State York’s THON dancers.) What better way to show that than by jumping?
Angi and Sam were jumping-photo novices, but this photo took only a few tries. I asked them to wave their arms, bend their knees and go for height and not distance — and I’d take care of the rest. I even asked them to recall to mind the cover of “High School Musical,” to help them visualize what I needed them to do.
Sometimes, I really love being a newspaper photographer.