It takes a certain kind of spunk to be a yell leader.
It's sort of a cross between a cheerleader and a marching band conductor, with some theatrics thrown in. You wear a very bright yellow suit and stand on a ladder in front of the student section at football games. Your job is to keep the crowd loud and proud, add some zip to the student experience and keep things clean and positive. You also make appearances, in full regalia, at pre-game events and the tailgate lot. You are very popular.
The 2012 team is pictured here: Jayme McGillis, on the left, and Eric Miller, right. McGillis loved his yellow suit so much he wanted to get married in it, when that day comes, but alas, the uniform must be turned in at the end of the season.
Yell leaders are chosen by Bison Ambassadors, NDSU Athletics and the NDSU Alumni Association through a skit competition, and receive a scholarship from the NDSU Alumni Association for their service.