By Emma Reed, Westchester Region, IC Press Corps 2017
Electric. That is the most accurate description of the mood during IC 2017’s Opening Ceremonies. There was screaming, cheering, dancing, singing, confetti cannons, and more. After a great performance from the Teen Band, we kicked off the ceremony by watching an opening video welcoming everyone to IC. This was followed by remarks by the NTO N’Siot and Godolim and a short video from Mark Cuban about the importance of our Movement. After, Arnie Eisen of the Jewish Theological Seminary spoke to us about the need to remain as active Jews. He talked of Jewish values and their impact on the greater world around us. “We have work to do, BBYO. Let's go do it!”, he cried calling us to action. Then, the superstars of the convention were introduced: Grey Silverman and Jeannie Speigel, our International S'ganim. They collected the spirit cup and gavel from last year’s winners and got everyone very excited for the coming weekend. “Our hope is that you can see what you are a part of," said Grey about the massivity of our movement. What followed was the video introducing the honorable Administrative Assistants, Captains and Coordinators, Steerers, and the 92/72 International Boards. Then, Ellie and Aaron, our international Presidents, introduced Julián Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama. Justin Trudeau also sent a video, inspiring all of us when he said, “You have the blueprints for a better futures and there is no better time to share them than now”. Right after was the delegation roll-call. Denmark brought out a confetti cannon and as always, the fun costumes/handshakes/routines from the Regional/Council Presidents did not disappoint. We were then shown a video of encompassing the past year since last IC. This included recent politics, pop-culture, music, sports, those we have lost over the year, and BBYO movement updates. Finally, Seeb was revealed as the surprise performer! Seeb is a Norwegian D.J. and the room was bursting with energy during his set. Overall, Opening Ceremonies was one for the history books, and promises a record-breaking and incredible IC to come!