Battle of the best Swine


Caroline Goza

Edmond Memorial’s Swine Stock was a success.

Hailey Paddock, Staff Writer

Edmond Memorial High School’s 2022 Swine Week had students intrigued to experience an official fundraising week without COVID-19 restrictions. Everyone was looking forward to all the after-school activities, including Swine Stock. This year Stuco (Student Council) put together a battle of the bands/talent show that included 11 different student bands/acts. 

This event is normally called Swinal Tap, but this year it was switched to Swine Stock. The name is inspired from Woodstock, a big music festival from the 60s. The new name makes more sense than Swinal Tap because Swine Stock has some correlation to music.

The admission cost $10, as most of the Swine Week night events are, but it was free if one had previously bought the special wristband that cost $20 more than the regular wristband that allowed students into day and night events. Swine Stock started at 7 p.m. and a decent crowd of around 100 people showed up. The past couple of months the event was hyped from intercom announcements and posters around the school.

The first band to hype the crowd up was Memorial band, Glass. They performed an original that sounded a lot like the 90s punk rock band The Beastie Boys. Oddly a lot of the bands reminded me of 90s rock bands. Another act I had really enjoyed included Memorial student Schafer Clements. He had an amazing performance with a talent I didn’t expect to see-beatboxing.

Walarookus, a band from Santa Fe High School, had a similar sound to The Smashing Pumpkins, and the crowd loved the 90s song they performed. Although the last act truly stole the show, the Memorial band Taranis had an unbeatable performance and ended up winning the battle. The band is also performing at the final assembly, which will be held on Monday, March 21.

Swine Stock 2022 was one of my favorite events Stuco has held regarding Swine Week, and I would recommend attending the battle between the bands/acts in the following years. 

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