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LC President's Hornet Hop

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President Doing the Hornet Hop President Doing the Hornet Hop

Reporter: Danner Evans l Videographer: Brian Whitesell

Lynchburg, VA - The president of Lynchburg College has a pretty impressive resume. He's worked in higher education for years, used to be employed by NASA and knows martial arts from his time with the military (just to name a few.)

But what really leaves a lasting impression with students is the famous Hornet Hop.

You can't touch one tradition at Lynchburg College. The Hornet Hop has been performed for the last 12 years by none other than President Ken Garren and his wife Sheila.

Their moves have become synonymous with LC school spirit. The dance is pulled out by the Garrens on special occasions.

We wanted to know the story behind the dance, and  Garren agreed to let us in on it all.

"Ah the Hornet Hop. That's an interesting story," Garren recalled.

Garren said it all started when he first came to Lynchburg College and was asked to talk to incoming freshmen about school spirit.

"I talked to my wife Sheila and I said, 'Honey, um there's no way that one talks about spirit. One has to lead by example. One has to show spirit. Let's show them a victory dance we'll call the Hornet Hop'," Garren said.

The choreography is not exactly easy. ABC 13 anchor Danner Evans tried to pick up a few steps, and let's just say she failed.

"You kick on the different foot that you jump with," Garren coached.

"Like this?" Evans asked as she attempted to mimic the step.

"No," Garren said.

Garren attributes his ability to bust a move to his time in the military.

"It's a carry over from the martial arts is being able to move very quickly," Garren said. "It's fun and we love it, and I think the greatest joy as I look back of the film that is taken of it is to see the student reaction. That's really why we do it. It's something they enjoy, something they like and we love to do it."

 

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