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Northwest students travel to App State for family weekend

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Tailgaters set up tents in one of the parking lots near the football stadium. Despite the rainy weather, activities continued throughout the day.

Tailgaters set up tents in one of the parking lots near the football stadium. Despite the rainy weather, activities continued throughout the day.

Tailgaters set up tents in one of the parking lots near the football stadium. Despite the rainy weather, activities continued throughout the day.

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On Oct. 19th through the 21st many Northwest high school students took the two-hour journey up to Appalachian State University for family weekend.

Family weekend was a time for family members of current App State students to see one another as well as a time for former students to come and enjoy a nice weekend filled with fun activities. Some of the activities involved dancing, breakfast and barbecue yet majority of the focus was on tailgating and the home football game.

“I have a close friend that goes to App, so I went up and tailgated with her family and their family friends,” junior Anthony Johnson said. “The game day atmosphere is so invigorating.”

Tailgaters began to head down to the stadium to watch the football game which App State Mountaineers ended up winning by a landslide against Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns.

“My older sister Temple goes to App, but I wasn’t able to go this past weekend.” junior Drew Sizemore said. “My parents went though and said they enjoyed the day once it finally stopped raining.”

Though it rained majority of the day with temperatures ranging in the low 40s and 50s, tailgating and other activities continued as planned.

“It’s a beautiful campus and the people are very welcoming,” Johnson said. “I love the energy that radiates from the campus.”

Family weekend was also a great opportunity for future and potential App State students to look around the campus and get a feel for the college as a whole; even though App State holds frequent open houses.

“I would definitely consider App as a future school for me for college,” Johnson said. “Although I am not fond of the cold.”

Though the bitter winds might be a deal breaker, App is frequently a top choice for Northwest graduates.

“If I don’t end up playing lacrosse in college App is where I would want to go,” Sizemore said.

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