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High schoolers walk the runway

Jill Darby

Despite a few minor mishaps, South Tahoe High School’s 10th annual afternoon fashion show went fairly smoothly.

The Fashion Design and Retail Merchandising program at STHS, created the show to demonstrate current fashions for teens.

The kids strutted their stuff in the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe ballroom at Wednesday’s Soroptimist luncheon, in preparation for a second show that evening.

The student-produced event, “Candyland,” featured STHS models in casual, sports, party, trendy, swim and evening wear.

“This is a student production,” announced advisor Maryann Werley at the start of the show. “I am merely a guide. I don’t solve the problems for them. They have to work it all out.”

Most of the clothing worn was donated by South Shore shops, including Van Heusen, Sidestreet Boutique, Clothestime, Something Borrowed Something Blue, Bugle Boy, Pazazz, Emerald Bay Trading Company, The Village Mountain Surf Shop and 1000 Bathing Suits.

Rebecca Taryn, 25, also provided some of her original designs.

According to STHS senior Jessica Smith, one of Candyland’s coordinators, models have been practicing their moves in the school theater during lunchtime.

“Some of the girls already have experience from last year,” said Smith, who also took a few trips down the catwalk.

Smith was joined by fellow coordinators, Kristina Magpusao, Jennifer Campbell and Kari Woodman, all seniors.

“This is always a challenge,” Campbell said, before the first show. “But everything comes together in the end.”

Strategically planned music, lighting, a smoke machine and a disco ball enhanced the presentation, but the real highlight of the afternoon seemed to be the male models.

In formal wear, or beach wear, Owen Avila, James Clemmer, Justin McGrath and Tim Sprinkles made sure the audience knew how much fun they were having on stage.

Clemmer received quite a reaction from the crowd when he started dancing.

“James Clemmer adds character and he’s not shy at all,” Campbell said. “He was in it last year and we had to have him again because he makes it so enjoyable.”

According to Werley, Smith and Campbell, the afternoon show went well and was a good opportunity to work out kinks for the second performance.

“The first show is always kind of like a dress rehearsal,” Campbell said.

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