by Maddie Pierce, ’15
Senior tag continues despite last year’s controversy
A senior hurries out of her home, clad only in her bikini as she heads for the safety of her car. She glances around worriedly, wondering who’s on her side and who would be happy to take her down. And what’s more? She paid money for this. Welcome to senior tag.
Organized and played by only seniors, this game requires teams of four to target members of another team, while no team knows who is targeting them. The goal is to “tag” the members of the targeted team with water guns to eliminate them. There’s only one way to be safe: to wear a swimsuit at all times. The popular game allows seniors to have some fun during their last few weeks of high school.
According to the May 3, 2013 Arlingtonian article “Splash! You’re out,” controversy surrounded UAHS’ 2013 senior tag game over whether girls should be allowed to wear shorts. 2013 alum Davey Strahm, who organized the game, told Arlingtonian that allowing girls to wear any type of shorts was unfair to all male players involved.
“[In 2012] girls could be in basically any type of short, but that just wasn’t fair to the guys who had to wear bathing suits,” Strahm wrote in the article.
Senior Anna Eversole is taking the side of many girls this year, deciding that wearing swim shorts is OK because some girls may be uncomfortable without them.
Senior Mary Knab was quick to agree that swim shorts are justified.
“We aren’t forcing the boys to wear only speedos,” Knab said.
Dublin Coffman High School senior Lindsey Decker, said that at her school, the discussion is about whether students should be nude.
“I’m not sure if I want to play senior tag, because I don’t know if I really want to run around Dublin naked, ” Decker said. “Being allowed to wear swimsuits would for sure make more people here want to play the game.”
Senior Sheridan Hendrix, one of the organizers of senior tag this year, said she is aware of what happened during the game last year and intends to stop the controversy.
“There was a lot of confusion about the rules last year, so this year we’re going to try and keep the rules as clear as possible so everyone gets a fair chance to play.”
Assistant Principal Andrew Theado said he understands the spirit behind senior tag, but he doesn’t want the game to interfere with student’s education.
“Ultimately, I want our students to be safe and able to focus on their learning,” Theado said. “I do not condone the risky behavior that is associated with senior tag.”
Knab is adamant that the game should continue this year no matter what.
“[Senior tag] is a senior tradition,” Knab said. “Everyone comes together to have clean safe fun and I think that it needs to continue because it’s a yearly event that seniors look forward to.”
Despite caution from administrators, senior tag will hopefully continue this year, according to Hendrix, with a large turnout.
“We’re hoping most of the senior class will participate… the more people that participate, the more fun it is,” Hendrix said. “Hopefully we’ll have a sizeable number of teams so it’ll be more enjoyable.”
Hendrix thinks that all seniors should be involved with tag because it’s a tradition.
“Only seniors are allowed to participate in it and it’s something that a lot of our older brothers and sisters have done so it’s just something enjoyable to wrap up your senior year with.”