The Sammy’s Step It Up for 23rd Annual

On April 12 Sam Houston State University held the campus’ most prestigious awards ceremony of the year, The Sammy’s.

Student’s from across each classification, college, and service category were recognized for their outstanding efforts to better the SHSU community. The recipients represented the best the University has to offer in terms of community, and the production of the awards show reflected that.

Attendees were dressed in formal wear, a fact called out not once but twice by speakers. The show was held in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center at 6pm, and beforehand nominees and attendees mingled in the crowded lobby anxious for the night to begin.

As the show started a diverse crew of emcees took the stage, one from each classification. The hosts were even and engaging, and though a few gimmick’s and jokes felt cringe inducing it was all done with a nod and wink to the audience.

Across the categories students from every walk of life were honored by the Sammy selection committee, and a handful of organizations for their continued dedication to the student body. The Cane Award, now in its third year, was awarded to SHSU E.L.I.T.E. and the Sammy the Bearkat program.

Students who attended the event offered a wide range of opinions on the event, from impressed to underwhelmed.

“I think they went well! Overall entertaining and fun!” said Haley Ellison, a junior in the Criminal Justice Department. “The guy who voiced it spoke very well!”

“The guy” in question was Freshman Marsalis Clark, a Business management major with a minor in Mass Communications.

“The Sammy’s were put on well. The entertainment was wonderful, especially the song from Hairspray. The cast members for Hairspray did a fantastic job doing their scene.” Said Kathryn Vanderhoef, a senior marketing major and president of Gamma Sigma Kappa (GSK).

Not every student was wowed by the very produced presentation, touches of the show grew old quickly.

“The Sammy’s were put on decently. Some of the acting looked over rehearsed, the jokes were stale,” said Anthony VanDeLinder, a freshman psychology major and the historian of GSK. “The jazz band became boring after a while, but overall it wasn’t that bad. I would not recommend it.”

In addition to all the awards, there were presentations by a number of different groups throughout. The Musical Theatre Department debuted a scene from their upcoming production of Hairspray, and Sam’s Dance and Jazz groups each performed.

“We are very pleased with both the award and the entertainment aspects of this year’s ceremony,” said Kelly Patterson, the program coordinator of special events for Student Activities. “The Department of Student Activities would like to thank all SHSU administrators, faculty, staff, and students that held a role in the 23rd Annual Sammy’s.”

For students hoping to get involved and win next year’s Sammy’s, there is plenty of time to get to wor

The Sammy Awards are held every Spring semester.

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