Doing a good turn on the catwalk

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On May 10, the Westfield High School fashion merchandising class presented its Senior Fashion Show. WHS business teacher Michelle Goudy said 14 girls comprise the class, which includes nine seniors.

“They all had a role in show, either as models or working backstage in the dressing room, everybody had a role,” she said.

Maggie Duxbury served as the project manager for the show, which included 25 seniors as models – 15 girls and 10 boys. The show had four segments – boutique, vintage, formal wear and two special needs seniors in their caps and gowns.

“It just captured the moment,” Goudy said of the two seniors in caps and gowns. “WHS is one big, happy family.”

Goudy said her class focused on making the show a senior celebration – as “Hollywood” stars greeted guests outside the auditorium with each senior’s name and senior will. The program also had a slide show with at least one picture of each senior.

“They are really trying to make this a special, positive, memorable senior celebration,” Goudy said.

Planning, organizing and running “The Red Carpet”-themed fashion show provided a hands-on experience for her students, which helped teach problem solving and teamwork.

“They use more than curriculum on an assignment like this,” said Goudy. “They had huge, grand ideas but learned it was not realistic. One of the greatest learning lessons is just because it sounds good in your head it isn’t realistic to implement it.”

In addition to classroom lessons, the students made an impact in the lives of other teenagers.

“The fashion show was a huge hit. The girls raised $400 for the Henryville Senior Class of 2012,” Goudy said.

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