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March 6, 2014

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Off Campus and Married Housing took first place during Lakeside Echo.

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville hosted its second annual Lakeside Echo performance on Thursday, February 20. Lakeside Echo is a dorm versus dorm teambuilding event held in the spring semester providing students with a chance to show off their creative abilities and enjoy a fun break from studying.

This year’s Lakeside Echo provided a chance for students to simply enjoy an evening among friends, walk down a red carpet entering the Wellness Center and just smile! Located at the end of the red carpet was a photo booth, complete with JJ Lain, BCF’s Lead Graphic Designer and Photographer, wielding his camera capturing the fun memories of the night.

Dorms spent months preparing for this event; deciding on and in some cases altering songs, creating costumes, gathering props, and most importantly practicing their performances so that when the time came, they could be well executed. Some creative dorm performances included guest appearances from different BCF faculty and staff members.

Dorms were judged based on specific criteria given to the five judges; Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis, Dean of Faculty and Theology Division Chair Robin Jumper, Director of Marketing and Admissions Sandra Richards, and visiting BUDD missionaries Lynn Gay and Shelba Knight. According to the judges, all of the participants were amazing; however, the first, second, and third place awards went to the dorms with the highest scores based on the judging criteria.

Third place was awarded to the ladies of Courtyard House. For their performance, they reworked the lyrics to the song “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast, making it about the life of a BCF student, complete with ring-pops serving as engagement rings reflecting the number of BCF students that find spouses while in college.

Second place was awarded to Smith Hall. The men of Smith chose to sing and act out the song “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid. Female BCF student Shelsea Denson served as the lady that Smith resident, Ashton Rickman was being encouraged to ask out. At the end of the performance, Rickman worked up the courage to speak to Shelsea only to be chased off the stage by Shelsea’s brother and fellow Smith resident Matthew Denson, as he shouted “That’s my sister!” providing laughs for everyone watching.

Earning first place was the Off Campus and Married Housing students presenting two songs from the popular musical Les Miserables. “Do you Hear the People Sing” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” were used to cleverly exaggerate the difficulty of Professor Mark Rathel’s exams. “Do you Hear the People Sing” was played as the students made their way to the stage (a classroom setting), agonizing along the way. However, Rathel awaited them on stage passing out the dreaded test. When the exam was underway, the song “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” was sung by Donovan Higgins as his peers dropped to the floor, seemingly dying from the difficulty of the exam. Rathel laughed evilly as the students succumbed to his challenge, and after the last student had fallen to the floor, Rathel ended the performance with his signature line on Fridays, “Have a Jesus weekend!”

Other performances of the night included Brackin-Chandler performing “Men in Tights” from Robin Hood, Napier and Eastlake joining together for their rendition of “Trashin’ the Camp” from Tarzan, Lakeside Hall with a compilation of every song from The Lion King in seven minutes, and Ogletree House with a skit based on The Wizard of Oz. Ogletree’s classic performance ended the night by returning dorm flags which had been mysteriously disappearing throughout the first few weeks of the semester.

The first place trophy was presented by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen and flowers from BCF’s First Lady Ruth Ann Kinchen were presented to BCM Director Ashley Lain. The overall word from the judge’s box was that all of the BCF students were winners! The intent of the team building night full of fun and laughter offered a nice respite from the long hours students spend studying.