Strutting for safe and sober graduation party
North Tahoe High Schools graduating class will strut down the runway in an annual fashion show that raises funds for a safe and sober graduation party.The show is the main fundraiser for Project Graduation, a senior trip organized by parents and the school personnel, according to parent Terrie Sitkoff.The shows theme, Treasures of Tahoe On to New Adventures, moves away from the North Tahoe High School Lakers traditional mascot Poseidon and adopts a pirate theme, according to class president Will Rogers.Thirteen North Tahoe and Squaw Valley retailers will loan en-vogue garb to the students for the event. This year the students have a professional helping them learn fashion model moves. Parent Lisa Hansen, a former fashion model with runway experience, is choreographing the event.They are getting their moves down and having a great time their personalities will shine, Hansen said.The fledging models will perform on a stage made to look like Lake Tahoes Emerald Bay complete with an island and teahouse, according to Hansen.Models will start upstage at the island and stride along a lighted T-shape runway, she said.Working with the students, many of whom have never been on a stage before, has given Sitkoff a new perspective on why the event is more than just a fundraiser.If anyone could see the pride and confidence this gives the kids and how it affects them positively it chokes me up as I watch them, she said.Through ticket sales, silent auctions and raffles the parents of project graduation hope to raise between $8,000 and $10,000 during the event, Sitkoff said.The three-day trip to Southern California will treat the graduates to two nights and three days of theme parks and beaches in the Los Angles area, Sitkoff said. The last evening, before returning home, will include a pirate – themed dinner, she said.The trip will cost more than $30,000, Sitkoff said.Planners of the event have taken measures to ensure a sober trip, including the presence of Placer County Sheriffs officers while students board the bus, parent chaperones accompanying the seniors during the trip and officials at both Disney Land and Universal Studios acting as security, Sitkoff said.Rogers said he is proud of his classmates, who he calls overachievers because as they move on they are going to well known universities in California and beyond.
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