Mountain Day Memories
The first weekend in October welcomed more than 7,000 students, staff, alumni and parents to celebrate the 99th Mountain Day weekend honoring Martha Berry's birthday.
Junior Sam Chapo of Fayetteville, Ga., describes Mountain Day weekend as one of the best times of the year
"Mountain day is always very enjoyable. I got to spend quality time with good friends and make new ones. The Olympics were great! As a resident in Pilgrim we got to defend our title as Mountain Day Champions. In comparison to past years Marthapalooza was awesome," Chapo said.
The festivities began Friday with a golf scramble and the Mountain Day Olympics. Students and faculty paraded down the main campus and competed in events such as tug-of-war, pyramid building and egg toss. Saturday's activities included the 5K Run and 2-Mile Health Walk. Students showcased their voices throughout the weekend in the Berry College Theatre Company production of "A Grand Night for Singing."
Highlights this year included a special tribute to Berry's historic high schools - the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy. Of particular note was the roll out of "A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus", a much-anticipated book about the high schools written by Jennifer Dickey (77A, 81C). The speaker for the Mountain Day Convocation Service was Angela Dickey (75A, 79C), the first U.S. diplomat to have graduated from Berry and Jennifer Dickey's sister.
The Grand March on Mountain Campus was one of the biggest in Berry's history, with more than 900 students participating.
After more than 300 alumni and their families enjoyed live music, snow cones, inflatables and games at the Mega Reunion. The weekend came to a close with Marthapalooza, a carnival for Berry students, staff and alumni. This year's theme was Pirates and featured a Ferris wheel, photo booth and carnival games.
Story by Public Relations Assistants Brittni Trollinger and Alyssa Smith. Photos by student photographers Blake Childers, Lauren Neumann and Mary Claire Stewart.