DCCC Lends Support to Project Potential’s ‘Dancing with the Potential Stars’

Jan. 16, 2013 – Davidson County Community College is lending its support – and two sets of dancing feet – to a worthy cause by its participation in Project Potential’s “Dancing with the Potential Stars” event. The event, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Lexington, will raise money to help provide partial scholarships to selected Lexington Senior High School students who will be the first in their families to attend college.

Dr. Kim Sepich, vice president of Student Affairs, and Matt Huntanar, academic adviser, will show off their swing dancing style at the event – and they both say they are excited to participate. Sepich and Huntanar are up against nine other couples; the couple with the most votes will not only raise the most money for Project Potential, but will also win the competition. Cost to vote is $10 per vote, and there is no limit to the number of times a person can vote. Votes are tax deductible.

“This year, I am serving as a college coach for a student in Project Potential, which is how the idea came about to participate in the event,” says Sepich. “When I joined as a coach, I was invited to dance. I then asked Matt to join me, and he readily agreed at the chance.”

The couple has been busy preparing for the upcoming competition. In fact, they started preparing back in November, when they began taking swing lessons.

“Learning to swing dance has been challenging,” Huntanar says. “It’s something where you need to stop talking and do it. I have always wanted to learn how to do it – and it’s been great.”

“Our dance is about 2 minutes, 30 seconds long, so the biggest challenge for me is remembering the steps,” Sepich says. “But we feel good about our routine and have had lots of fun working on it.”

Sepich and Huntanar are even giving a nod to the college’s 50th anniversary in their routine, Huntanar says. “Our dance routine is a tribute to the year 1963 when the college was started – when swing was popular. In the early years at the college, dance socials were very popular and attended by students, faculty and staff.”

Despite any challenges with learning the dance routine, both are more than happy to participate. “I am honored to be involved and hope that we help raise funds to support this important program,” Huntanar says. “I truly believe that connecting young people with mentors in their community is an important step in helping young people become engaged members of their community.”

Sepich agrees, noting “I’m so happy to do something to help high school students. Project Potential is an excellent support resource for high school students who need help going to college. I was thrilled to be asked to participate, and have really enjoyed being involved. I love to dance, so a great thing about being in ‘Dancing with the Potential Stars’ is that I get to support a wonderful organization doing something I love.”

For more details on Project Potential, visit projectpotential.lexcs.org or call 336-240-4561.

*Editor’s Note: Pictured are Matt Huntanar and Dr. Kim Sepich giving a preview of their dance at a recent DCCC event.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.