Meet Your Neighbor: Truckee’s Alison Stringfield |

Meet Your Neighbor: Truckee’s Alison Stringfield

Alison “Ali” Stringfield is dressed to the turquoise and boot nines at Closet Cowgirl in Truckee, in preparation for the Project Grad Senior Fashion Show. She is one of 91 students participating in the safe and sober graduation fundraiser for the class of 2009, Sunday, April 5, Truckee High School Auditorium, 1 and 4 p.m. Highlights include live jazz music, savory treats, a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are available at Truckee High and Florians, or call 587-4158. For the full story, visit

How did you get involved in the Project Grad Senior Fashion Show?

We do this every year as a fundraiser for Project Grad. There is a week of sign ups, and you choose your store [for modeling clothes]. The organizers do their best to match you up with your store. I am modeling for Closet Cowgirl and Jordan’s. I made all the jewelry for Jordan’s, I work at the bead design studio at Northstar, Farrahrale.

What kind of jewelry did you design?

I incorporated crystals so it would be shiny and flashy, gemstones, glass and chains. They are elegant, kind of formal, to go with the dresses.

How do the models decide what to wear?

The stores have the outfits picked out and then we chose from what would look best.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am gong to the Institute for design and Merchandising in Irvine. I am really excited, I got accepted last year. I am majoring in interior design to start.

What draws you to interior design?

I like the idea of taking something that’s nothing and turning it into something everybody wants. Someday, I’d like to have a cool place like this [Closet Cowgirl]. When I was little I loved jewelry, and thought maybe I’d be an architect. But I love fashion, and color, and the finished project rather than starting from the ground up.

Why are you involved in the Project Grad Senior Fashion Show?

It’s fun, I want to have a good Project Grad sober graduation.

Tell me about it.

It’s a secret. We get put on a bus, we don’t even know where we’ll be going. We meet at 4:30 to leave after graduation.

Any recommendations for your classmates?

To have a safe and sober grad night.

What are you doing to prepare for graduation?

I am working on a few scholarships, right now I am designing a house for two 20-year-olds as a scholarship project. I am taking English at Sierra College [Tahoe Truckee]. The campus is awesome, it’s so up-to-date, and a different lifestyle. I go to one night class, and then get the work done a bit each day. It’s better than going to the same class all week.

Are you a local gal?

Yes, born and raised, I live in Prosser Lakeview. It’s me and my mom, I’m an only kid, she is pretty devoted to me.

What do you do for fun?

Camping in the summer, there is not too much to do here for kids, and I am also working to save up to expenses. I love my work. I also work at The Lodge at Tahoe Donner.

What’s the highlight of your senior year?

Probably it’s going to be the Fashion Show ” the year went by so fast. It happened in the blink of an eye.

Do you have a message for your classmates?

I have benefited from knowing what I’m going to be doing, and have been focused on that. It seems pretty stressful to just be getting into colleges…it’s good to have dreams. Go get them. Especially being from a small town, a community where you have 50 friends egging you on. It might be hard to break out, going into the “real world.” Apply yourself. I’m very excited.

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