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High school students hit the fashion show runway

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun

Graduating high school seniors sorted through a colorful array of summer clothing last week at Porter’s Ski and Sports in Tahoe City, on a mission to find the perfect outfit to wear while strutting down the runway.

North Tahoe High School’s Project Graduation, a parent volunteer drive to raise money for a post-graduation senior trip, will host the annual senior fashion show later this month, where soon-to-be graduates from North Tahoe High and Coldstream Alternative will model clothing from local stores.

“We provide a trip at the end of the year that’s a safe and sober graduation party,” said Anne Ritchey, a project chairwoman.

The traditional senior trip is an exciting event, but also bittersweet since it represents one of the final moments together for many classmates, said graduating senior Charissa Glander of Coldstream Alternative.

The fashion show is the most important of several fundraisers sponsored by Project Graduation, said Ritchey.

Money raised from the fashion show ” to be held at 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 13, at the Resort at Squaw Creek ” sponsors a celebratory, drug- and alcohol-free trip to San Francisco for seniors following their graduation ceremony. Funds cover the cost of parent chaperones, transportation, extra food and scholarships to some students from low-income families who otherwise would not be able to afford the $495 trip.

“Any student that needs help, all they have to do is ask for it,” said Julie Glander, Charissa’s mother and a project volunteer.

Parents of graduating seniors, who make up the majority of the project’s volunteer staff, are working behind the scenes to organize the students, direct the fashion show, coordinate a raffle and decorate the stage with a Double-Oh-Seven James Bond theme, the theme of this year’s Senior Fashion Show, said Kimball Iverson, the committee chairwoman and parent of a graduating senior.

“It’s a great way to send the kids off on a positive note and give them something back for the years of finals and midterms and stress,” said Iverson.

“In addition, it’s fun for us. It’s a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day.”

The parents may be the ones who take care of the fashion show logistics, but it’s the seniors who will be modeling.

“This is one of the highest years of student participation on record,” said Iverson, who applauded the students’ enthusiasm.

Seniors choose an outfit they would like to model from participating shops. They also choose the accompanying music, and choreograph their runway routine.

For many departing seniors, the fashion show marks the end of the high school era.

“I’m so ready to be done,” said Charissa Glander, who plans to attend Feather River College in Quincy after graduation.

Tahoe Truckee High School held its senior fashion show last week at the Alder Creek Middle School, raising money for the school’s celebratory graduation night.