This Morning: Behind The Scenes At The “Sparty” Try-Outs

(WLNS) – It’s a top secret Michigan State tradition: the “Sparty” try outs.

Only a lucky few students get the chance to wear the Sparty suit and represent the school at sporting events and other appearances. The latest round of students just found out if they had what it takes to be the famous mascot.

6 News This Morning reporter Mariah Harrison, a Central Michigan Chippewa grad, tested herself to see if she has the fabled Sparty pep.

Mariah spent part of the morning with Janel Rutzen, the associate director of the MSU Association of Future Alumni. Rutzen explained that the try-outs are a way to find people who are athletic, personable, have good grades and are able to master the challenges of mime acting because Sparty never speaks.

There were dozens of students that went through the tryout process. Those tryouts are held behind closed doors as Rutzen looked for the next generation of Sparty to represent MSU in the local community and beyond.

Want to know about the history of the Sparty mascot? Just click here for more.

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