Meet the Bobcats kicks off JCJC's Centennial year

Written By: Kelly Atwood
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-06 15:43:55

Jones County Junior College fans were introduced to the 2011-2012 football team and the Maroon Typhoon at the annual “Meet the Bobcats” event. This year’s show was a special one because it kicked off the 100th year since JCJC’s inception in 1911. “Meet the Bobcats” is among the first of the events that will inspire greatness throughout the centennial year.

“I expect to see all of you at the games sporting maroon and gold,” said Student Government Association President Katie Folkes as she encouraged the crowd’s team spirit.

After the football team was introduced wearing new 1968 throwback jerseys, the Maroon Typhoon took the field to give the crowd a preview of this year’s show.

“This show feels more special since it is the 100-year celebration,” said Anthony Luker, a percussionist from West Jones. The sophomore added, “We’ve been putting forth a little extra effort to ensure we sound our best because we know we’re performing for more people. I’m glad I’m ending my musical career with this centennial year.”

The songs and dances performed at “Meet the Bobcats” will be part of this year’s pre-game and half-time shows. This year the show’s theme is a journey through 100 years of music. The show will include Elvis-style Rock-and-Roll to classic Swing music.

“The students have been working really hard, and I hope everyone enjoys the show this year,” said Matthew Pickering, band director.

The band ended the show with a special dedication performance of “Precious Lord Take My Hand” to long time football and baseball coach Elmer Higginbotham and former JCJC speech teacher and Maroon Typhoon supporter, Joe Myers, both of whom died earlier this summer.

The Maroon Typhoon’s entire show will debut at the Saturday, Sept. 24, game with the alumni reunion band.

-by Tiffany Odom, Entertainment Editor


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