Whew, that was a close one! 2012 has come and gone, and 2013 has proudly made its grand entrance. People gathered from across the world to celebrate the ending and beginning of yet another year.
The passing of 2012 brought to a close unnecessary panic as experts claimed that the Mayan culture predicted a horrible demise to the human race. And with the passing of America’s Dick Clark, the nation’s official New Year’s herald, some of us began to think maybe the Mayan’s were on to something.
But thankfully, the Mayan’s special “end of the world predictor system” was faulty (which is probably why they’re not around anymore) and the human race has yet again prevailed.
Don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet though. We’ve yet to hear how the Aztecs and Incas thought things might play out.
In Johnson City however, the local youth were able to party it up happy go lucky, and carefree. The Youth Community Assistance Program (YCAP) was proud to host another drug free and alcohol free New Year’s Eve party for both middle school students (6:30-9:30 pm) and high school students (9:30 to midnight).
The organization, which began in 2009, is not only interested in giving teens in Johnson City an alternative to parties that could lead to trouble – but their focus is also in providing the area youth with somewhere cool and fun to hang out.
The middle school participants enjoyed some organized competitions of air hockey, foosball, ping pong, pool and laser tag in the Minor’s Maze.
Degan Roy proved to be master of the Air Hockey table last night. Lance Caulkins was king of the Foosball table; whereas Colt Kneese reigned supreme at Ping Pong. Marcus Storer was the official pool shark, as he hustled opponents left and right. In the Minor’s Maze, the Lazer Tag team that proved to be most stealthy included Chance Haley, Hunter Barrientes, Luke Rasset, and Pedro Crawford.
All of the winners enjoyed gift cards to either Subway or Dairy Queen in Johnson City.
High School partiers prefer a more relaxed atmosphere of simply “hanging out.” They thoroughly enjoyed the gift of “Just Dance 4” for the Wii from Dan and Bonnie Holland.
“We had a bunch of folks donate goodies, like cookies, chips and dip, and other tasty snacks,” stated YCAP Secretary, Julie Storer.
“Pecan Street Brewery, always generous in their giving, donated the pizza that the kids enjoyed, and the Holland’s donated the Just Dance 4 game. We just want to say thank you to everyone who contributed to making this evening an awesome success. We really appreciate you!” she added.
For the third year in a row, the evening’s festivities were capped off with the tradition of dropping an old, non-working TV from the roof of the YCAP building as the teens witnessed it burst into a million pieces!
“It’s pretty cool when they drop the TV,” stated 17 year old Rebecca Sellers. “You wouldn’t think it’d be as neat as it is, but it’s just a lot of fun hanging with my friends and watching them drop the TV from the roof. It’s like our own small town tradition,” she said.
Along with the New Year tradition of the TV drop and the New Year’s Eve party, the organization will also be holding a volunteer day this coming Saturday, January 5th at 10:00 am.
“We need volunteers who can help us with blowing in insulation into the game room area and into the senior center,” stated YCAP Vice-President Ray Weeks.
“With the colder weather, the building get’s pretty chilly. Thanks to a generous cash donation from Earl and Liela North we are able to add insulation into these two rooms to make things more comfortable for the folks who are using the building in the winter time. We really appreciate their willingness to give,” he added.
The organization has other items on a punch list that volunteers can help them with as well. Simply show up at 10:00 am this Saturday, and Ray will point you in the right direction.
Happy New Year from YCAP!