Kettle Run High School teacher Tracey Edwards brings new look to annual fashion show
By Nathan Pullen
Kettle Run students walked the runway at this year’s fashion show, organized by the Fashion Marketing class. The event took place on April 5 in the cafeteria (also known as the Commons to all the students). Although the event is been an annual one, there was a new face running the show.
Business/Marketing teacher Tracey Edwards took on the task of the live performance this year. “It was a lot of work and hopefully the students have an appreciation for how much time, effort and organization goes into creating a successful event,” Edwards said. “Surveying the class, they all thought it went great and were so happy to be a part of it. It’s a lot of work to run around getting all of the donations, but if the kids have fun with it and appreciate the experience, it’s totally worth it.”
The theme, “Country by Day…City by Night,” featured Gold Cup and prom fashions and the show had some new features. For the first time, there were mannequins on the stage, and sponsor tables were set up around the catwalk so students could talk to vendors and receive discount coupons.
Fashion marketing students were tasked with putting the show together. They were required to help with donations, marketing, setup, event management and dismantling everything. “The hardest part was probably the planning,” junior Eliana Castro said. “We had to come up with a theme, props, who was going to donate, and the music.”
Even with all the planning, there were obstacles that popped up. “We didn’t plan on it being an 80 degree day,” Edwards said. “The models got so hot changing in and out of their outfits in small areas. Add to that the sun beaming in to make it even hotter.”
Although she was overheated, Castro said her favorite part of the afternoon was the time she spent on the catwalk. “I liked being able to walk and show off the clothes that were donated,” Castro said. “I get very nervous being in front of crowds so this was a new experience, but it was fun overall.”
“My favorite part was being backstage with the students and seeing them all having fun together – dancing, laughing and enjoying the experience,” Edwards said. “It was an awesome display of camaraderie with everyone helping and supporting each other in order to make it successful.”
The event took place during all four lunch shifts and lunch goers were thrilled to watch. “I really enjoyed seeing all of the dresses,” freshman Abigail Spota said. Junior Hunter Martin enjoyed seeing a touch of city in the prom outfits. “Noah Goins looked so fine in the camouflage accented tuxedo,” Martin said.
Two students took advantage of the spotlight to get a date to prom. Senior Dean Smith asked senior Madison Dirlam and senior Nick Fallows asked senior Anna Vancheri. “It was great to see them surprised like that,” senior Noel Abrahams said. “I’m so happy for them!”
Edwards appreciates all the community support her class received. “I especially hope students realize that they live in a great community where business owners are very willing and able to help them when called upon,” Edwards said.
Kettle Run High School appreciates the support of all the local businesses. Thank you.
Atelier Wedding, Inc provided prom gowns
Warrenton Jewelers provided tuxedos
Christine Fox provided Gold Cup fashions
Jos. A Bank provided ties for tuxedos
J. Crew Mercantile provided mannequins dressed with Gold Cup fashions
JJDJ provided DJ services