By Linda Lemond Post-Tribune correspondent February 13, 2013 3:12PM
Portage High School students (from left) Taylor Colbert, Alyssa Fernandez, Jordan Parker and Geoffrey Marcotte put up posters in the PHS hallways advertising the 2013 Prom Fashion Show. | Photo provided~Sun-Times Media
If you go
◆ Portage High School Prom
◆ 6 to 7 and 8 to 9 p.m., Friday,
◆ PHS East Auditorium,
6450 U.S. 6.
◆ Tickets are $5 per person and
may be purchased at the door.
◆ The early show is a serious
show, while the later one
allows models to “strut their
Updated: March 15, 2013 12:58PM
For the fourth year in a row, Lynn Wilson’s Health Occupations Students of America are sponsoring a Prom Fashion Show at Portage High School.
The show is being held Friday, Feb. 15, at the PHS East auditorium. As in the past, a 6 to 7 p.m. show will be a serious presentation, while the 8 to 9 p.m. show will allow the models to “strut their stuff,” showing off their unique dance moves and personalities.
During the intermission, attendees can visit vendors in the Commons and find accessories, tanning and nail salon booths. The Health Occupations class will have a bake sale, organized by Jordan Wattles and Tricia Grave-line, and the PHS Diversity Club will sell pizza.
Choosing the right dress or tux is almost as big a decision as choosing the right date. The Prom Fashion Show gives students and their families a preview of the latest fashions. This year, the dresses will be provided by Paris House of Bridal and Fashion in Michigan City. The tuxes will be provided by Dunhill of Merrillville
and Louie’s Tux Shop, Portage.
The Portage cosmetology vocational students will do the models’ hairstyles.
Wilson’s morning and afternoon Health Occupations classes have done all the planning and organizing for this fund-raising event. Each year the classes select a health cause to support with the money they raise. Last year, the monies went to purchase automated external defibrillators for the high school and middle schools. This year they will support another cause.
“We are going to donate the money to Riley Hospital for Children,” The afternoon class treasurer Jordan Parker said. “We want to help fill some of the children’s and families’ needs by creating ‘care packages’ for them.”
Wilson explained, “So many of the students have a soft spot in their hearts for the cancer patients especially. We hope to raise about $2,000 as we did last year. We don’t want to raise the cost of admission. It’s a student event and we don’t want it to be outlandish.”
Each of the officers from both the morning and afternoon classes has taken on certain tasks to prepare for the show.
Afternoon class vice president Taylor Colbert was in charge of the side vendors — the tanning and nail salons.
Jordan Parker contacted the dress and tuxedo shops and made sure there were enough outfits for all the models, as well as trying to raise donations.
Afternoon class secretary Alyssa Fernandez has worked behind the scenes, making sure everything comes together. Afternoon class president Geoffrey Marcotte has been supervising all the committees.
Thirty-two young women and 20 young men will model that night.
“Having this in February gives the kids time to order dresses and tuxes,” Wilson said. “If they see something they like at the show, they can go to Paris House and the dresses are right on the floor.”
Colbert said, “We expect to see lots of ‘blingy’ dresses this year.”
Marcotte summed it up: “It’s for a good cause and it’s gonna be fun!”