Paris, Milan and South Lake Tahoe |

Paris, Milan and South Lake Tahoe

Cory Fisher

Danielle Brooks says she wants to be a movie star. “I just love being glamorous,” said the South Tahoe High School senior. “I was stoked – today was totally fun.”

High school Fashion Design and Retail Merchandising students stepped out in style Wednesday at the Regional Occupational Program’s eighth annual fashion show.

Hosted in the convention center of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe by Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe and the South Lake Tahoe Rotary Club, the elaborate production, “Bright Lights, Big Cities,” was testament to sophisticated and creative planning on the part of the students.

“This is completely a student production,” said STHS program instructor Mary Ann Werley. “This has been a valuable life experience for these students, through working and problem-solving together. I’m proud of their teamwork.”

This year’s production was the biggest ever, said Werley, involving 55 students who spent more than a month preparing for the event.

Various duties included writing a theme and script, making programs, collecting props, contacting stores, selecting merchandise, stage design, music and choreography. All clothes were provided by local businesses.

Former “Miss Douglas County,” Jenee Conway, provided catwalk tips for the models, adding a professional flair.

The ROP program simulates a business environment, said Werley, allowing students to graduate with valuable job skills. Many of Werley’s former students are now in the fashion and retailing industry, which currently rates near the top nationally in employment opportunities.

Junior Stefany Monteverde, who plans to get a business degree, says the program has taught her what to expect out in the real world.

“It was really professionally done, and we did it all on our own,” said senior Julie Blue. “We realized how we all had to work together and include everybody’s ideas.”

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