The Rayne carhop was one of only six Sonic skating employees nation wide selected for the elite competition.
“Receiving a medal was an honor in itself,” admitted McClasky as he displayed a wealth of pictures he snapped as mementos of his all-expanse paid trip.
While Aaron is an accomplished skater, he said his five competitors were all seasoned break dancers and outperformed him in the free-style judging.
Aaron also took some pride in the fact that he was among the first group of Sonic skaters to be featured at Sonic Drive-In’s national convention.
While acknowledging the once-in-a-lifetime experience was “surreal” due in large share because of the glittering glitzy setting of the Las Vegas Strip, the young man marveled at the “VIP treatment” he and his fellow skaters received.
The majority of Aaron’s pictures feature the stunning, over-the-top buildings and waves of neon lights.
He was amazed that he and the other Sonic carhops were able to skate along the Vegas Strip late at night under the glow of the neon-studded skyline.
On the day of competition, the skaters left their hotel rooms about 6 a.m. and did interviews and pictures between 8 and 9 a.m.
Spectators at the competition included the wife and son of Ted Kergan, owner of Kergan Brothers Sonic headquartered in Lafayette and franchise group president Gary Wilkerson and his wife.
To prepare for the competition, the son of Scott and Cynthia McClasky of Rayne ordered a new pair of black skates, which he planned to “break in” before traveling with his father to Las Vegas.
The finals competition was presented by Dr Pepper® and RC Sports®.
Now, Aaron is looking forward to receiving a brand new prototype skate from RC Sports, the world’s leading distributor of roller skates, inline skates, hockey skates, and skating accessories, and Vanilla Skate Company, a world leader in skate manufacturing.