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UPenn Students Compete In Amateur Bodybuilding Competition

See who took top honors at the school's annual event.

University of Pennsylvania students compete in body building competition
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To help raise money for the track and field program at the University of Pennsylvania, the students particpated in an amateur bodybuilding competition, or what is better known as Mr. and Ms. Penn. The event took place on November 9th and it was their 23rd annual competition. 

Between attending class and completing their assignments, the Ivy league students spent weeks training for the event. The competition is broken up into four categories: short men, tall men, short women, and tall women. The students were able to score up to 10 points for their physique and up to 20 for their creativity. The 2015 Penn titles went to Nick DeMarie and Caitlin Chin, and the runner ups were John Li and Cora Butle.

According to Newsworks, Chin and Butler had nothing but good things to say about the competition. The woman’s winner talked about how it gives them an opportunity to showcase something other than their IQ,  "We do have some brains behind us, but we are involved in other things, so it's good to see the show bring that together for us," Runner up Cora Butler who is normally a shy student in class said, "It's just a great thing to be a part of. It's always so body positive. You really just feel good about yourself no matter what. It's a fun, goofy type of thing."

Congrats to the winners and all of the competitors on their hard work and dedication, keep lifting!