[Live Blog] Penn State THON 2021: $10,638,078.62 All FTK

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**Disclaimer** — The featured image above is not from THON 2021. It was taken in February 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic began. This weekend, THON dancers, volunteers, and supporters are at home and attending virtually.

Welcome to THON Weekend 2021, folks.

Here you can find Onward State’s central hub for coverage this weekend. Follow us for updates, photos, videos, and more from this year’s virtual THON.

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Live Blog

Sunday, February 21

4:22 p.m. — Now it’s officially over, folks. Thanks for following our coverage!

4:14 p.m. — That’s a wrap on #THON2021!!!

4:13 p.m. — Your THON 2021 total is… $10,638,078.62 all #FTK!!

4:12 p.m. — Here are this year’s top fundraising organizations: Dancer relations placed first among committees. Taylor Bertini and Giavonna Borgese led all independent dancer couples with $11,145. Penn State Fayette led all Commonwealth Campuses with $46,112.56. Phi Gamma Nu led all general organizations with $147,826.36. Alpha Tau Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha led all Greek organizations with $322,346.80. Lastly, Springfield came in first with for special interest organizations with $100,767.64.

4:01 p.m. — WOW

4:00 p.m. — The Exec Committee has finished the countdown. Dancers are sitting!

3:58 p.m. — Two minutes to go!!!

3:52 p.m. — Here comes the #THON2021 Executive Committee!

3:48 p.m. — Song. Number. 30.

3:47 p.m. — Finally some Billy Joel!!


3:40 p.m. — We’re going wild in the final moments of #THON2021

3:36 p.m. — Every THON deserves a little Shakira

3:35 p.m.

3:33 p.m. — Life is a highway, folks.

3:31 p.m.

3:29 p.m. — “Ants Marching” makes its triumphant return to #THON2021

3:28 p.m.


3:25 p.m. — Wake me up before you go go!

3:21 p.m.

3:20 p.m. — Ten minutes left in the set. This is about to get wild.

3:15 p.m. — The man, the myth, the legend

3:14 p.m.


3:09 p.m. — You guys have TikTok? Why you always in the mood?

3:06 p.m. — Good morning Kanye

3:03 p.m. — It’s lit!

3:01 p.m.

2:55 p.m. — Let’s get funky!! “Valerie” what’s up girl?

2:53 p.m.

2:51 p.m. : I’M BLUE ABEE DE ABA DA

2:49 p.m. — Go Go Gadjet welcome back!! Here’s Van Halen’s “Jump!”

2:47 p.m.

2:43 p.m. — Run it back 2021!!

2:40 p.m. — LET’S HET HYPE, LET’S GO!!!

2:37 p.m. — Your turn 2020!!

2:35 p.m.

2:33 p.m. — THON 2019 Dancer Relations captains let’s rock and roll!

2:29 p.m. — Oh hey!

2:28 p.m. — 2019… sike! 2018 Dancer Relations captains we didn’t forget! Get out here!

2:25 p.m.


2:21 p.m. — Good times indeed…


2:20 p.m. — That’ll do it for #THON2021 Family Hour. 2016 Dancer Relations captains have now joined the livestream!

2:14 p.m. — Members of Penn State Musical Theatre are now performing “Dancing In The Sky.”

2:10 p.m. — After some technical issues, the remainder of the “Where Are They Now?” video will be played.

2:07 p.m. — The “Celebration of Life” video has finished and those lost are now being honored with “Angels Among Us.”

1:44 p.m. — Up next is the #THON2021 “Celebration of Life” video.

1:42 p.m. — “THON doesn’t live in a building…Instead of seeing this year as something that’s making THON less intimate or less impactful, use it as an opportunity that we can reach more people.”

1:39 p.m. — Nickolas’ mother, Cara Gray, and sister, Ashley Akright, are honoring his life by sharing his story.

1:34 p.m. — The Nickolas Akright family is now speaking.

1:32 p.m. — Thank you Lauren!

1:30 p.m. — We Are!

1:28 p.m.

1:23 p.m. — Time for the annual “where are they now” video.

1:22 p.m. — Thanks to the Makenna Linder family for sharing their story!

1:16 p.m. — “She took everything like a champ. She has a lot of grit,” Makenna’s father said.

1:15 p.m.

1:10 p.m. — The Makenna Linder family is now sharing their story.

1:08 p.m. — Him too!

1:07 p.m. — We know these guys!

1:00 p.m. –Just three hours left at #THON2021. Powerful family and organization stories are still being shared on the livestream.

12:53 p.m. — You really can’t go wrong with FTK pumpkins

12:51 p.m. — Families and organizations are sharing their powerful connections as #THON2021 Family Hour rolls on.

12:50 p.m.

12:48 p.m. — “Getting to know our THON families over these past few years has been nothing short of amazing.”

12:45 p.m. — “The Sanborn family has taught us that enjoying life makes you happier.”

12:44 p.m.

12:42 p.m.

12:40 p.m.

12:33 p.m. — “Every little support, every little help is there. We can’t thank enough for everything we’ve been given.”

12:28 p.m.

12:27 p.m. — “We are so lucky to be a part of this family,” Heather Dougherty, Hailey’s mother, said.

12:23 p.m. — The first family speakers of #THON2021 are now speaking. Here is the Hailey Dougherty family.

12:21 p.m. — Four Diamonds co-founder Charles Millard has arrived for a virtual #THON2021 appearance!

12:20 p.m.

12:18 p.m. — It’s back, folks! THON’s livestream is now working for new users

12:15 p.m. — The livestream appears to be down only for new users who are logging in. Keep watching and listen to families share their THON experiences!

12:13 p.m. — Technical difficulties have officially arrived at #THON2021

12:12 p.m.

12:09 p.m. — Several families are now sharing what THON means to them

12:08 p.m.

12:06 p.m. — Folks?


12:00 p.m. — You made it! Welcome to #THON2021 Final Four.

11:39 a.m. — That’s all for the Fashion Show, welcome to the Slides of Strength!

11:38 a.m.


11:32 a.m. — Haven’t had enough Surfin’ USA? Run it back!

11:28 a.m. — Surfs Up!

11:26 a.m. — We’ve reach the pirate portion of today’s entertainment.

11:19 a.m. — Surfin’ USA… vibes

11:15 a.m. — Puppy under the sea, folks. What a show!

11:11 a.m. — Under the sea!

11:09 a.m.

11:08 am. — Folks, you know what time it is. Welcome to the #THON2021 Kids Fashion Show!

11:00 a.m. — There’s only one hour left to donate!

10:54 a.m. — I need the energy that Billy on the Street has right now.

10:47 a.m. — Another round of guess that imagine, Penn State edition.

10:45 a.m. — Bueller? Bueller?

10:41 a.m. — OPP is recreating the show ‘Wipeout’ with their mops. Core memory unlocked.

10:38 a.m. — Wake up babe, new OPP floor mop.

10:33 a.m. — Form Nittany Lion and THON dancer Zac Sowa checking in!

10:29 a.m. — Mmmmmmm. My favorite flavor.

10:27 a.m. — Hey guys!

10:16 a.m. — The stream is showing clips of students who donated their hair this THON. Donations were turned into wigs for kids.

10:14 a.m. — Shine bright like a (Four) diamond!

10:12 a.m. — Singer Olivia Farabaugh and guitarist Travis Aughenbaugh have taken the live stream for their own performance of “Dreams.”

10:10 a.m. — The first ever winner of THON battle of the bands is…Ted & The HiFi’s!’

10:05 a.m. — That’s it for the battle of the bands! Now it’s time for the views to vote. Text BOTB to 833-694-0485 to make your pick!

10:00 a.m. — ‘Ted & The HiFi’s’ are putting an old school twist on Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s.”

9:53 a.m. — All your life you’ve never seen woman taken by the wind. Rhiannonnnnnn

9:43 a.m. — Blame it on my juice, baby! Where are the Lady Lions?

9:39 a.m. — Control yourself, take only what you need from itttttt…

9:33 a.m. — That’s all from ‘Ok Otter’ but next up is ‘Ted & The HiFi’s’ with “Valerie.”

9:28 a.m. — Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours Ok Otter!

9:20 a.m. — Da da da (da da da!) Da da da (da da da!) Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da Da!

9:12 a.m. — ‘Cause I always have to steal my kisses from youuuuu 

9:05 a.m. — Woah. ‘Ok Otter’ switches up the vibe with “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley.

9:02 a.m. — Time for a classic battle of the bands. ‘Ok Otter’ is first to the stage with some sea shanties.


8:49 a.m. — TIME FOR THE. FEUD.

8:46 a.m. — Coffee anyone?

8:40 a.m. — Why do you THON? Students are sharing why they participate on the live stream.

8:37 a.m. — Still thinking about him…

8:33 a.m. — Wake up babe, new social photo on the last day of THON!

8:25 a.m. — Jake from Club Tennis takes the dub.

8:16 a.m. — Now it’s time for the Geico Gameshow. Participants from the THON org Heal and Club Tennis are competing by answering trivia questions. The winner will receive money credited to their org.

8:11 a.m. — This stretch is called the ‘superhero’ stretch. Practice makes perfect when it comes to stretching.

8:10 a.m. — This year’s color wars theme was “Avatar The Last Color Bender.” Purple took home the crown this year.

8:07 a.m. — Hey dancers…get ready to stretch.

8:06 a.m. — Last fruit and veggie social time!

8:05 a.m. — This poor guy cannot see anything

8:00 a.m. — Time for trivia with a ~twist~

7:58 a.m. — Thought that Lenina Crowne came back for an encore performance. It was just a glitch in the stream.

7:55 a.m. — Mary Jo is rocking the stream with her take on “Forever Young.”

7:50 a.m. — Rêve puts on a show with their teammates dancing individually in front of Old Main and around campus.

7:45 a.m. — Ram Squad is showing off their killer dance moves. Maybe this is the new line dance?

7:41 a.m. — DJ Bobby Santoni is playing all of our favorite songs in this mashup. How are his hands not cold though?

7:34 a.m. — Another line dance? Loving the energy right now.

7:29 a.m. — Stretch it out, folks!

7:24 a.m. — Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” is blaring through the live stream.

7:17 a.m. — What’s THON without the Jonas Brothers?


7:10 a.m. — Is that DaBaby?

7:06 a.m. — Evacuate the dance floor!

7:03 a.m. — Ugh, now a water social? Feels just like home the BJC.

7:01 a.m. — A slides of strengths would probably feel so good right now.

6:59 a.m. — After staring at her computer screen for almost 12 straight hours, one of our staffers decided to recreate the BJC environment during THON from home in hopes of regaining some of my sanity. Felt that.


6:51 a.m. — And that’s all from Lenina Crowne. I’m wide awake.

6:34 a.m. — GUITAR SOLO

6:27 a.m. —“Sing us a song you’re the piano man, sing us a song at 6 a.m.”

6:19 a.m. —19 minutes later, Lenina Crowne takes the stream to wake us up on the final day of THON!

6:00 a.m. — GOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING! Seems like the live stream is still just playing Casey Kummer Packages

5:30 a.m. — It’s almost showtime folks! And by that, we mean approximately 30 minutes until the stream is live again.

5:09 a.m. — Anyone? Bueller?

4:41 a.m. — In the wee hours of the morning, if you’re looking for something to keep yourself occupied, check out this guide to 46 THON-related tasks you can do in the next few hours.

4:09 a.m. — 409 forever.

3:52 a.m. — Speaking of the line dance, now’s a good a time as any to try and perfect the THON 2021 line dance lyrics before Sunday’s full slate of activities begin.

3:35 a.m. — We really could use a line dance right about now.

3:07 a.m. — My Hero Zero closed out the night on Saturday, and you can check out our full recap of the performance here.

2:41 a.m. —

2:00 a.m. — The THON Kids’ Talent Show lit up the *virtual* stage Saturday afternoon. Relive their impressive and adorable performances here.

1:30 a.m. — You name it, it was probably a THON 2021 theme this year for a fraternity or a sorority. We compiled a list here of all the themes, and they certainly did not disappoint.

1:18 a.m. — Since the THON pep rally didn’t formally announce a winner this year, we’re crowning ourselves, and you, the winners.

12:55 a.m. — Think you’ve got what it takes to ace our THON quiz? Recap some of the weekend’s events so far by taking this quiz.

12:45 a.m. — Justice for the red car.

12:35 a.m. — Still thinking about this to be honest.

12:21 a.m — Take a look at our roundup of the best of #THON2021 TikTok posts. There’s no Charli D’Amelio to be found here, but that’s alright because Nittany Nation showed up in full force.

12:00 a.m. — That’s a wrap on day two of THON, folks! The stream is back to playing prerecorded content until 6 a.m. or so…. stay tuned.

Saturday, February 20


11:56 p.m. — My Hero Zero just wrapped up. What a performance!


11:49 p.m. —

11:48 p.m. — “I belong with you, you belong with me, You’re my sweetheart”

11:46 p.m. — The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” is now up!

11:38 p.m. — “Circles” by Post Malone is next up for My Hero Zero

11:33 p.m. — Anyone know?



11:24 p.m. – “MR. BRIGHTSIDE” ALERT!!!!

11:20 p.m. — “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper is up!

11:19 p.m. —

11:17 p.m. — “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz is up. What a classic!

11:13 p.m. — Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” is next up for My Hero Zero.

11:08 p.m. — “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons is now up.

11:00 p.m. — “My Hero Zero” has taken the stage at the BJC! The first song being covered is “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles.

10:54 p.m. — “Woah, hold up! Was that a bear?”


10:50 p.m. — Time to stretch!

10:31 p.m. — Oh. My. Goodness.

10:26 p.m. — These pizzas look really good.

10:22 p.m. — It’s pizza time!

10:15 p.m. — Can Sean Clifford play basketball?

10:09 p.m. —

10:02 p.m. —

9:57 p.m. — Meg Swift is performing “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.

9:47 p.m. —

9:40 p.m. — Alex Mitrovic is currently performing live from the BJC stage.

9:38 p.m. — No winner was announced, but the THON pep rally brought some excitement to the livestream Saturday night.

9:35 p.m. — Have you been watching THON 2021? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

9:33 p.m. — Sue Paterno certainly stole the show at this year’s pep rally!

9:32 p.m. — Sue Paterno made a surprise appearance at THON 2021.

9:31 p.m. — “Thank you so much for having us!” Louis The Child has wrapped up the performance.

9:16 p.m. —

9:12 p.m. — We’ve hit the 40-minute mark of the performance.

9:02 p.m. — Louis The Child is still going strong. It’s been 30 minutes already!

8:48 p.m. —This performance is a solid way to follow up pep rally. The energy is still there!

8:37 p.m. —

8:32 p.m. — Here comes Louis The Child for his performance, folks!

8:29 p.m. —  “Speakers on, amplify!”

8:26 p.m. — Dancer Relations captains GET HYPE!!

8:24 p.m. —

8:17 p.m. — The winner of this year’s pep rally is….. No one? A winner wasn’t announced.

8:13 p.m. — That’ll do it for this year’s THON pep rally!

8:10 p.m. — For the glory of Old State…


8:03 p.m. — Sue Pa has arrived!! (with a fantastic Hershey mask)

8:01 p.m. — Men’s volleyball coming in HOT with Billie Jean! Let’s got fellas

7:59 p.m. — Nailed it!

7:57 p.m. — Women’s gymnastics!

7:55 p.m.

7:54 p.m. — Make that two years of research funded!

7:51 p.m. — The moment you’ve all been waiting for, folks. Men’s gymnastics!

7:47 p.m. — Mike Gesicki…. Quarterback?

7:43 p.m. — Another Nittany Lion legend stops by! Here’s Mike Gesicki.

7:40 p.m. — Here come the Lionettes!

7:38 p.m. — Niki Nolte checks in at Virtual THON!

7:36 p.m. — KING!

7:35 p.m. — Women’s swimming and diving checks in with an awesome routine of its own

7:34 p.m. — Success so far!

7:32 p.m. — Grant Haley what’s up dude?!

7:29 p.m. — Men’s swimming and diving checks in with a nighttime routine!!

7:19 p.m.

7:18 p.m. — The Nittany Lions and Blue Sapphire Gillian Brooks have taken the stage at the BJC!! Pure electricity.

7:15 p.m. — We were waiting for some Blue Band content! There we go.

7:13 p.m. — Field hockey coming in hot with a solid routine!

7:12 p.m. — Trace McSorley checks in!!

“You guys continue to inspire me with everything you do at THON.”

7:08 p.m. — Here’s the women’s ice hockey team to kick things off!

7:06 p.m. — Beaver Stadium music man PJ Mullen has arrived…

7:03 p.m.

7:00 p.m. — Here. We. Go.


6:47 p.m. — One last Dance Break before the #THON2021 pep rally!

6:45 p.m. — Congrats to the Urban Dance Troupe!

6:32 p.m. — Penn State football players Jahan Dotson, Charlie Katshir, Ellis Brooks, Jake Pinegar, Keaton Ellis, and Sean Clifford stopped by to share their support of THON and this year’s dancers!

6:21 p.m. — Time for senior awards as Alumni Hour rolls on.

6:07 p.m. — Raise the song, raise the song! Here’s Penn State’s alma mater.

6:05 p.m.

6:00 p.m. — Welcome to Alumni Hour!

5:47 p.m. — Dancer Relations captains to the stage!!!!

5:34 p.m. — Crazy Steve!

5:28 p.m. — PUBLIC has stopped by to play “Honey In The Summer”!

5:25 p.m. — Another drum solo and it’s set to the Dave Matthews Band! That’ll do it for the Teen Show.

5:16 p.m. — The teen performances roll on as we now arrive at Pirate Hour for #THON2021.

5:07 p.m. — Basketball highlight reel for Kane Wolf!

5:03 p.m. — Caleb is the first drummer of the show and is putting on a clinic.

4:59 p.m. — Ament rocking the Sean Clifford/Christian Hackenberg jersey as he judges. Not too shabby!

4:50 p.m. — We’ve got some awesome judges for this afternoon’s Talent Show, including former men’s lacrosse star Grant Ament!

4:47 p.m. — Welcome to the first-ever Teens Talent Show!

4:35 p.m. — “Bust A Move” makes an appearance! That’ll do it for the Kids Talent Show, next up is the Teens Talent Show.

4:34 p.m. — We’ve had everything at this year’s talent show so far. Singing of original songs, dancing, and even gymnastics have been popular so far.

4:28 p.m. — The folks love “Dance Monkey”

4:21 p.m. — McKenna Speed now takes the stage to sing “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

4:20 p.m. — Now that is some production value.

4:15 p.m. — Connor Rowan is up with his own dance!

4:10 p.m. — Devin Pulaski is bringing down the house by signing AJR’s “Bang,” along with her younger brother Trevor.

4:03 p.m. — This classic event is kicked off with a catchy rendition of “Dance Monkey.”

4:00 p.m. — Time for the kids talent show!

3:59 p.m. — …that has reflections of youuuUUuuuuUUu


3:55 p.m. — Ahhh, dance break.

3:49 p.m. — Here we go! Line dance!

3:47 p.m. — Dancer Relations captains are showing us some stretches if you need a break. Or, take a look at our stretching guide…if you want.

3:44 p.m. — I miss you so much.

3:38 p.m. — Axis takes the W over Kappa Alpha Theta in Family Feud! Still mad about the Cheese Shoppe, though.

3:37 p.m. — Need to hear “Zombie Nation” right now.

3:33 p.m. — Lets not repeat the Faccia Luna controversy.

3:30 p.m. — FAMILY FEUD TIME!

3:28 p.m. — Don’t forget to take meal and water breaks throughout THON!

3:25 p.m. — And stretchhhhhhhhh

3:24 p.m. — MARIO KART! THON committee members are participating in the first ever socially distanced cart race around campus.

3:22 p.m. — THON committee members are shouting out frontline workers for all their hard work and dedication.

3:18 p.m. — Guess that movie!

3:17 p.m. — I am wide awake after that.

3:13 p.m. — Last song from ‘Southpaw’ is “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard.

3:10 p.m. —Cause I got him where I want him nowwwwww

3:07 p.m. — “THON reached out to us this year and they said there was a family that would like to hear a specific song that was on our playlist. If you’re watching, or wherever you are, this one’s for you,” Drew Zimmerman from ‘Southpaw’ said before playing “Call Me Maybe.”

3:03 p.m. — ‘Southpaw’ shows off their impressive range with “Circles” by Post Malone.

2:58 p.m. — ‘Southpaw’ continues the jams with Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated.’

2:49 p.m. — “La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la”

2:45 p.m. — “The staff looks like they’re tired. Lets try to get them moving.” Aren’t we all, ‘Southpaw.’


2:38 p.m. — Year 3000? Miss you Jo Bros.

2:36 p.m. — I don’t want to be anything other than meeeeeeee

2:33 p.m. — ‘Southpaw’ is humbled to be playing at THON for the fourth time.

2:30 p.m. — ‘Southpaw’ now starts their solo set with Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down.”

2:26 p.m. — Now Olivia will take the stage with ‘Southpaw’ as the lead singer for the song “The Only Exception” by Paramore. Go queen!

2:24 p.m. — And the winner is…Olivia Notto!

2:20 p.m. — Text THONIDOL to 833-694-0485 to cast your vote for the winner of THON Idol!


2:14 p.m. — Where are the golden tickets to Hollywood?

2:06 p.m. — THON Idol time! Southpaw will play the track and contestants will step up to the mic.

2:02 p.m. — Cheese!

1:53 p.m. — Another interview that’s been played before. While you’re waiting for more content, take a look at how to explain THON to a non-Penn Stater.

1:50 p.m. — Two club gymnastics dancers pop on the stream to talk about why they’re dancing in THON 2021.

1:41 p.m. — Why don’t you say sooooo


1:36 p.m. — Snack. Attack.

1:35 p.m. — The Phi Sigma Sigma sisters answered all the questions right and won $1,000 towards their total! Not a million dollars but close enough.

1:30 p.m. — Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? See if you can answer these THON questions.

1:25 p.m. — WHOSE idea was it to lose points for bathroom breaks????

1:23 p.m. — THON history tour!

1:22 p.m. — “There were some solids in it.” What did they contaminate the hot sauce with?

1:20 p.m. — The Entertainment Committee is asking contestants to drink hot sauce before answering questions. They don’t seem to like it.

1:17 p.m. — The Country O’Bryan Volunteer Award is given to the volunteer that exemplifies the dedication and passion that Courtney possessed. This year’s recipient is Sigma Delta Tau’s Gillian Mostofsky.

1:08 p.m. — Joyce’s family would like to thank everyone participating in THON, especially the dancers, for everything that they do.

1:06 p.m. — “Four Diamonds and Penn State THON has helped countless families the same way they helped me. I was lucky enough to be able to overcome my battle with cancer with the help of thousands and helped me fulfilled my dream in giving back to the organization that saved my life by dancing in the past THON of 2020,” Robby Schweitzer said.

1:01 p.m. — Student Robby Schweitzer takes the stream to share his story about how he got involved in THON.

12:57 p.m. — THON is no where near over. There’s still time to donate #FTK

12:54 p.m. — Now it’s time for Greek ~Half~ Hour.

12:53 p.m. — And that’s it from Lowjack!

12:52 p.m. — “Chicken in the bread pan pickin’ out dough,” is a reference to the BJC chicken baskets.

12:44 p.m. —

12:40 p.m. — What’s better than “Mr. Brightside?” Hearing it twice at THON.

12:37 p.m. — Could really use a line dance right now. It’s been two hours.

12:23 p.m. — “It’s three a.m. I must be lonely” No Lowjack, it’s noon.

12:17 p.m. — Don’t worry, even if things get heavy <3

12:10 p.m. — THON favorite Lowjack takes the stage with “Wonderwall.”

12:07 p.m. — Tap in! Tap tap tap in! No actually. There’s tap dancers on the live stream.

12:05 p.m. — Another guess that image in case you missed the first one.


11:59 a.m. — And the winner of the THON dancer pageant is…Tommy Kiefer! #TeamTommy

11:50 a.m. — That concludes the first ever THON dancer pageant! Head to Twitter and use the hashtags below to cast your vote.

11:48 a.m. — Last but not least, #TeamLydia

11:45 a.m. — Did you know that contestant Ryan Bechman ALSO plays trumpet in the Blue Band????

11:41 a.m. — Charles Myers’ walk out song is “Piano Man.” What a classic!

11:38 a.m. — Jasmine Forsberg says that her spirit animal is a chimpanzee. She says that chimps are all about community and finding the people they want to be with. Swing on, Jasmine!

11:33 a.m. — Who would win in a fight, a gorilla or a grizzly bear? THON asking the tough questions.

11:30 a.m. — Elizabeth Haley, can you teach me how to dougie?

11:27 a.m. — If there was a movie about your life, who would you have play your role? The most important question in this competition.

11:22 a.m. — Dancers are now entering the Q&A segment.

11:20 a.m. — I don’t know about you guys, but I’m #TeamLydia

11:16 a.m. — Madisen Patanella stacks on THREE hula hoops at once to show not only her talent, but also my daily workout.

11:13 a.m. — Jasmine Forsberg owns the song “Reflections” from Mulan now.

11:11 a.m. — I think James Latch just broke a new world record for most pretzels in your mouth at once. (16!)

11:05 a.m. — Tommy Kiefer has many talents with his stand up comedy and microwave cooking. Get you a man who can do both.

11 a.m. — Time for the first ever THON pageant! Each of the nine contestants will compete in a talent and Q&A competition to be crowned THON royalty. Use these hashtags to cast your vote!

10:55 a.m. — Guess that song… Disney edition!

10:46 a.m. — Did you miss one of the several Casey Kummer prerecorded interviews last night? Have no fear! She is back with the same interview.

10:42 a.m. — Two senior musical theater majors take the stage to sing “A Whole New World.”

10:36 a.m. — Through the year we will shine. Hey, Penn State — rewind! (•_•)
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10:34 a.m. — It was a photo finish, but Dylan in the blue car comes out on top.

10:31 a.m. — THON brought back the crowd favorite car races! Virtual edition.

10:28 a.m. — ANOTHER unidentified student is playing the guitar. This one has a cowboy hat though.

10:26 a.m. — OMG is that Spiderman?

10:25 a.m. — Bye kid! Wish you told us your name.

10:17 a.m. — An unnamed student just appeared on the stream to shred the guitar. He’s killing it though.

10:12 a.m. — A cappella is underrated.

10:11 a.m. — THON just made my day showing these beautiful dogs. What good boys (and girls!)

10:07 a.m. — Now that you guessed that movie, it’s time to name that tune during Rock N’ Roll hour.

10:03 a.m. — Guess that movie again! Rock and roll edition.

9:59 a.m. — Ring ring, hospitality is calling.

9:56 a.m. — Is this more than you bargained for yet?

9:49 a.m. — “Closer” is sooooo THON 2017.

9:46 a.m. — And all that glitters is goldddddddddd

9:37 a.m. —

9:30 a.m. — Vision To None takes the stage to pump up the crowd cardboard cutouts.

9:25 a.m. — Dance break!

9:24 a.m. — Although we aren’t together in the BJC this year, THON families were given an activities guide to help participate safely and remotely.


9:18 a.m. — In desperate need of a pizza cone right now.

9:10 a.m. — The winner of the fifth commonwealth challenge is…Penn State Fayette!

9:09 a.m. — The All U shirt can now be purchased at online at the THON store!

9:05 a.m. — “I hope you feel the energy of this entire community thanking you for your efforts because the thread that connects all of us is that one day we will dance in celebration. Until then, we will dance for a cure,” Logan Echard said.

9:01 a.m. — Guest speaker Logan Echard takes the stream to talk about his role as the Four Diamonds Online Giving Coordinator.

8:59 a.m. — All U Hour is the theme hour dedicated to celebrating Penn State Commonwealth Campuses. We see you guys who are dancing from branch campuses.

8:57 a.m. — Dancer mail! Dancers are expecting to get mail sometime soon.

8:54 a.m. — Hit it DJ! Name that tune is back to wake us up on this fine Saturday morning.

8:52 a.m. — DANCE. BREAK.

8:47 a.m. — Our very own Beaver Stadium! Home to the Nittany Lion football team!

8:46 a.m. — Grab your socially distanced viewing party and guess that image before it’s in full focus.

8:41 a.m. — Mop…Quidditch?

8:35 a.m. — FLOOR MOP

8:29 a.m. — This Minute-To-Win-It segment is bringing me back to my childhood.


8:26 a.m. — The winner of this year’s Tally Sepot Memorial Award is Paige Phillips from Zeta Tau Alpha!

8:22 a.m. — Since 2016, THON has recognized the life of Tally Sepot, an Alpha Chi Omega sister and active THON volunteer. The Tally Sepot Memorial Award was created in her honor and is awarded to someone who embodies what it means to #LiveLikeTally.

8:16 a.m. — Go Club XC, go Club XC! They took home the top cash prize.

8:08 a.m. — Jeopardy time! Springfield, Sigma Delta Tau, and Club XC are competing for a $1,000 credit towards their org.

8:04 a.m. — “Trav-y Burger tops Big Mac // McDonald’s welcomes Cactus Jack”

8:00 a.m. — Dancer Relations captain to the stage!

7:59 a.m. — The 2021 Theme homecoming theme is ‘Together, State Prevails!’

7:42 a.m. — The International Dance Ensemble is here!

7:40 a.m. — “MJ GOAT ‘The Last Dance’ // PS5 you have no chance”


7:35 a.m. — We’re still being taught ballroom dancing.

7:30 a.m. — The Bryce Jordan Center is looking great this Saturday morning.

7:20 a.m. — Time for some ballroom dancing!

7:15 a.m. — Dancers are stretching, folks.

7:13 a.m. — There may be signs of life, as the “snack attack” has made an appearance.

6:32 a.m. — Still no livestream….

6:16 a.m. — Again.

6:06 a.m. — It appears we’ve been bamboozled. The livestream isn’t back yet.

6:00 a.m. — Rest time is over, folks!

5:30 a.m. — With the livestream set to resume in 30 minutes, here’s a look at how the cover band “OK Otter” performed right before the stream ended last night.

5:00 a.m. — Only one more hour until the livestream is back!

4:30 a.m. — Quinn XCII gave the livestream a chill performance Friday night.

4:00 a.m. — Two. More. Hours.

3:55 a.m. — Do you agree with our rankings?

3:20 a.m. — We broke down what each line in the line dance refers to.

3:00 a.m. — Three more hours until the stream goes live again, folks!

2:50 a.m. — There are quite a few No. 46 jerseys you can rock during THON 2021.

2:40 a.m. — If you don’t know what to do during the current rest period, here are some suggestions to help pass the time.

2:30 a.m. — Does your org have some cool THON apparel? Show us!

2:15 a.m. — Send us your best THON-at-home setups!

2:10 a.m. — Here is some of the best THON 2021 merchandise.

1:52 a.m. — Nothing new to report here! Take this time to meet THON 2021 Executive Director Katie Solomon.

1:47 a.m. — Really wish I had a $10 chicken basket right now.

1:43 a.m. — Deck out your THON 2021 virtual experience with a snazzy Zoom background.

1:37 a.m. — Forgot the line dance already? Refresh your memory before the dancer relations captains take the stage again.

1:31 a.m. — If you’re still up for some odd reason, here’s some things you can do during the rest period. Remember to hydrate!

1:20 a.m. — I think I’ve memorized all these Zoom interviews by now.

1:16 a.m. — Try drawing the “Rise and Unify” logo from memory. It’s not so easy, is it?

1:04 a.m. — THON…at night

1:00 a.m. —  We want to hear where you’re THONing from! Fill out this survey and tell us about your (virtual) THON 2021 experience to be featured on our site.

12:50 a.m. — While you’re waiting for the live stream to come back, scroll though the THON store to find some sick merchandise.

12:40 a.m. —

12:22 a.m. — I miss Ok Otter.

12:12 a.m. — Although it’s recommended that dancers rest from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., the live stream will still play packages for it’s viewers.

Friday, February 19

11:54 p.m. — Dancers are preparing for the 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. rest period. Remember to drink some water and get ready for the next two days of THON!

11:49 p.m. — Nittany Nation, let’s take flight! All together, reach new heights! One last line dance before Saturday.

11:47 p.m. — Ok Otter is getting ready for State Patty’s with their cover of “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.”

11:31 p.m. — What wonderful world during THON 2021, am I right?


11:04 p.m. — Ok Otter only plays the hits.

10:54 p.m. — Cover band Ok Otter hits the stage. The band hails from Philly and South Jersey and is composed entirely of Penn State dads or Penn State grads.

10:49 p.m. — Trivia time! Students are guessing THON facts.

10:41 p.m. — Grab your popcorn! THON is showing 20 seconds of six different movies. Can you guess what they are?

10:35 p.m. — Dancer relations captains are busy tonight. Two line dances in 30 minutes!

10:31 p.m. — A signed Kevin Jonas football jersey?! Jonas brothers come back.

10:18 p.m. — Family Feud? JUSTICE FOR FACCIA LUNA!

10:00 p.m. — You already know what time it is. Line. Dance. Time.

9:52 p.m. — It’s not time to sleep just yet.

9:47 p.m. — DJ Wes Saunders takes the stage with “Seven Nation Army.”

9:42 p.m. — Are spaghetti tacos good for THON dancers?

9:36 p.m. — It’s now the Nickelodeon theme hour! Members of PRSSA and Schreyer Student Council are trying to guess which Nickelodeon show the sound bites are from.

9:30 p.m. — Dancer Relations captains to the stream!

9:23 p.m. — THON 2020 dancer Emily Tuite describes what it was like being an independent dancer last year. “It didn’t feel real that I was dancing. It didn’t even feel real that I was doing it until I got there.”

9:19 p.m. — ~Dance break~

9:11 p.m. — Quinn XCII leaves the stream with one last thank you.

9:05 p.m. — “Penn State, once again thank you for having us here. This is such an honor at THON. Thank you guys for doing what you do and choosing us for being a part of your amazing event,” Quinn XCII said.

9:02 p.m. — There’s still time left to donate to THON!

8:54 p.m. — “It’s called ‘Another Day In Paradise.’” Yes Quinn XCII, THON is paradise.

8:47 p.m. — Quinn XCII knows how to wake up a live stream!

8:36 p.m. — “Penn State make some noise!”

8:31 p.m. — Here comes Quinn XCII!!!

8:30 p.m. — Line. Dance.

8:26 p.m. — Dancer Relations captains to the stage!

8:18 p.m. — Penn State Berks representing!

8:13 p.m. — Yeah, this just happened.

8:10 p.m. — There were certainly some references this year’s line dance missed.

8:08 p.m. — Now up is Christian Sparacio, who is performing his song “About Time.”

8:00 p.m. — Owen is now on the stream. Owen was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and his parents are talking about his journey.

7:54 p.m. — Time to make an abominable snowman!

7:50 p.m. — While all you folks at home are watching the livestream, the BJC is looking awfully quiet.

7:45 p.m. — We want to know where you’re THONing from. Let us now using the link below.

7:37 p.m. — Earlier tonight, Mayor Ron Filippelli declared State College the “City of THON.”

7:35 p.m. — Interested in donating to THON 2021? We’ve got you covered.

7:33 p.m. — It’s time for Kids Mail Call!

7:27 p.m. — Dancer Relations captains to the livestream!

7:14 p.m. — There is a moment of silence being held for Ashley Pauls, a College of Education student who passed away recently.

7:10 p.m. — The Penn State Dance Alliance is now performing!

7:09 p.m. — A magician is currently doing something with cards and dice. This is quite confusing, folks.



6:54 p.m. — Here are the full THON 2021 line dance lyrics!

6:49 p.m. — We’re putting it all together now!

6:37 p.m. — This is one in-depth tutorial, folks.

6:28 p.m. — “Trace McSorley throws a dime, HUB to hang out rain or shine!”

6:25 p.m. — A Dancer Relations captain is teaching the line dance to the folks watching the stream.

6:14 p.m. — Here’s the first round of this year’s line dance! Dancer Relations captains have arrived to the stage.

6:11 p.m. — Penn Staters everywhere are officially standing! Good luck to all involved.

6:05 p.m. — Mayor Ron Filippelli has officially renamed State College to “City of THON!”

6:00 p.m. — THON Weekend 2021 has begun! The dancers are up.

5:50 p.m. — 10 more minutes! The folks are ready to roll.

5:35 p.m. — Dancers stand in 25 minutes, but check this out real quick:

5:24 p.m. — THON starts in under an hour, folks. Here’s some last-minute tips on how to watch.

5:07 p.m. — Suddenly craving a chicken basket? Head over to the BJC to grab one this weekend.

5:00 p.m. — Almost that time!

4:20 p.m. — Here. We. Go.

4:02 p.m. — Not sure how you’ll make it through a virtual THON? Check out some of our tips here.

3:45 p.m. — Welcome to our coverage of THON 2021! 46 Live’s stream won’t start until 5 p.m. and dancers stand at 6 p.m., but there’s plenty of excitement already. Earlier Friday afternoon, THON announced this year’s guest performers will be Quinn XCII and Louis The Child.

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