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  • PHS DECA hosts third fashion show

  • Pittsburg High School students got a look at the latest prom finery Monday afternoon in the third annual DECA fashion show.



    The event was planned by Sabrina Jones, Johana  Hernandez and Ana Salas, juniors. They will take this project to State DECA, and hope to advance to the International DECA Competition in Anaheim, Calif.

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  • Pittsburg High School students got a look at the latest prom finery Monday afternoon in the third annual DECA fashion show.
    The event was planned by Sabrina Jones, Johana  Hernandez and Ana Salas, juniors. They will take this project to State DECA, and hope to advance to the International DECA Competition in Anaheim, Calif.
    There were 14 girls modeling in the show, all DECA members.
    “Our new addition this year is to have some boys as well,” said Linda Garrow, PHS marketing/entrepreneurship instructor and DECA advisor. “We weren’t able to  twist enough arms, so we got some three members of the National Honor Society to help  out.”
    Jones said that organizing the show was a real learning experience.
    “There were a lot of changes we had to make, a lot of decisions,” she said. “If one thing didn’t work out, we had to do something else. The music we were going to  use didn’t work, so we had a last-minute music choice.”
    Hernandez added that she and the others had to get permission for everything they did.
    “One teacher said that we were getting experience with the business community, and we certainly did,” Jones said.
    The gowns and tuxedos all came from Sara Loree’s Bridal &  Formal, and staff from the shop came to the show to assist girls in getting in and out of the gowns.
    Denise Loy of the shop staff said that they were all impressed by the PHS students.
    “The girls did a fantastic job, and were very well organized,” she said. “They came to the store and tried on things. It was fun to see the styles they like, and nobody likes exactly the same thing.”
    Jones enjoyed wearing a gorgeous beige tone gown with jeweled sweetheart neckline.
    “I think this has been the funnest thing I’ve ever done in school,” she said.
    DECA member Josh Allmon said he enjoyed wearing a tux and escorting models across the stage.
    “We were matched with girls by the  colors of our ties,” he explained. “I wore a pink tie, so after I was through with one girl, I’d go back stage and find another girl wearing a dress that would go with my tie.”
    Fort Scott Community College Cosmetology School did hairstyles, along with Salon  9.
    Proceeds from the show came from ticket sales, and Jones said those were slow in the beginning.
    “We made a lot more signs and announced it more, and went to each individual class,” she said.
    It was important to raise as much as possible, Hernandez said, because the money is going to the Adopt-a-Family project. This year the DECA chapter is raising funds to help Nicole Marie Konopelko, 11, with medical expenses.
    Page 2 of 2 - The youngster was in the car with parents Alexander and Tatiana Konopelko when they were in a two-car accident in August at the intersection of Kansas Highway 126 and 260th Avenue. Her father, a noted Pittsburg State University physics assistant professor, was killed, and the youngster and her mother were injured.
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