Christian Rap Gets Students to Clap

Story by Ryan Fontenette-Mitchell, reporter

A lifetime of passionate lip syncing in the shower may have been the ticket to winning big at Student Life’s Riverbat Bash.

The fifth annual Riverbat Bash on Sept. 17, welcomed students and the community with free food, family activities and chances to win Austin City Limits passes. More than 500 attended the event at the Highland Campus.

ACC’s mascot R.B. did the R.B. step, which is ACC’s official dance, with students. But the main crowd pleaser was the lip sync battle which offered two one-day ACL passes to the first place winner. The contest filled up quickly as students tried to win the passes. The second-place prize included two tickets to a John Fullbright concert and a $30 gift card to Los Palmas restaurant and third place was two tickets to see John Fullbright at the Paramount Theater. The competition was intense with Wini Evans taking first place. She impressed the crowd by performing a Christian Rap song by Lecrae titled “Round of Applause.” Evans hyped up the crowd by giving high-fives and dancing with audience members.

“I felt great about my performance,” Evans said. “The lip sync battle wasn’t about winning or losing for me, it was about empowering students through a song I felt had a meaningful message.”

Zach Bryant-Amos, who finished second in the lip sync contest,talked about how much he enjoyed his time at the Riverbat Bash. “It was fun,” he said. The vendors were helpful in helping me obtain some much needed school supplies.