Students get their swag on

Students Dannah White, Mallory Redwine, Courtney Redwine and Victoria Bailey get their swag on at Roller Swag 2014.

Students Dannah White, Mallory Redwine, Courtney Redwine and Victoria Bailey get their swag on at Roller Swag 2014. Photo provided by Courtney Redwine

Ronna Fisher, Editor-in-Chief

Decked out in their best swag, students will gather, like they do every year, at Skate Galaxy on Northwest 36th St. Roller Rag, the Spring version of back to school bash, is a time for students to let loose and release some pent up energy from the long winter break. Senior Jessica Harper said, “It’s just a great way to have fun coming back from break.” Students spend the night skating, falling, laughing and dining on arcade food.

Each year, Roller Rag is themed, and students are encouraged to dress according to theme. Past themes have included “Thrift Store Prom” and “Redneck.”

This year’s theme is Roller Swag. Some students are unsure about a “swag” theme. “I feel kind of skeptical of the theme. Maybe it was just my high school experience, but I don’t associate ‘swag’ with anything good,” said freshman Hannah Bean.

“This year’s theme is creative, but compared to the past few years, I think it’s going to be a little hard to dress up for,” added Harper.

Other students are taking the theme as an opportunity to explore their hidden swagger. “We get to see a little of everyone’s personalities come out with their costume choices,” said Harper. Sophomore Cole Trotter said, “I am looking forward to sporting my sweet new tat sleeve and 50 cent inspired chest piece tattoo that I’m getting dome just for the occasion.”

Even if students feel their skating skills are lacking, Trotter encourages them to attend. “It’s fun to fall with friends! And, who knows, maybe they’ll have to catch a cute girl from falling and then hold their hand to ‘steady them.’ Happened to me last year!”

“It sounds like a blast, and I look forward to spending time with my friends,” said Bean.

Roller Swag is Friday, January 16, beginning at 10 pm and ends at midnight.

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