Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Lights, Camera, fashion. Mineola High School presented its annual Junior Prom Fashion Show at the school auditorium on Thursday, April 10. The stage was transformed into a catwalk to rival that of Fashion Week in New York City.
The event featured dazzling ladies and dashing gentleman from Mineola’s Class of 2015. Forty-one models showed off prom ensembles in style. The girls displayed a selection of prom dresses from long and super glam gowns, to flirty dresses in an amazing selection of hues of soft pastels and bright colors. The guys dressed to impress in tuxedos and the look was cool and contemporary.
“The success of the Junior’s Prom Fashion Show is a testament to the amazing student body at Mineola High School,” class advisor Bette Sloane said. “The community came out to support their fundraising efforts and we had a fabulous fashion show in the process.”
The fashion show was produced in collaboration with local businesses in preparation for prom season. Flaunting upcoming trends, the girls in strapless ball gowns to one-of-a-kind breathtaking dresses from Estelle’s Dressy Dresses were escorted by junior and senior males wearing stylish tuxedos by Foresto Tuxedo.
The models didn’t just simply walk the runway, various light-hearted poses were struck throughout the performance including the popular Charlie’s Angels pose, and of course, the ever present ear-to-ear grin.
“Everyone had a great time, we raised over $4,000 to help fund our prom,” said Class President Elizabeth Brown. “There was a lot of hard work put into it and it was great seeing our efforts pay off.”
There was a brief pause in the spectacle when the class officers, Brown, Rebecca Katinas, Dom Paggi and Ryan Eccher came out onto the stage, to hand over flower bouquets to Sue Sabatini and Bette Sloane, acknowledging the contribution of the junior class advisors in organizing the event.
“The show wouldn’t have been possible without [Sue] and [Bette],” said Junior Vice President Katinas. “Both of them are amazing and we can’t thank them enough.”
Along with rocking music and an enthusiastic crowd, there were more than a dozen raffles that were given out. Baskets ranged from seniors prom bids, to restaurant gift cards, to vouchers for a free haircut.
The show had a beneficial relationship for both the junior and senior classes. The juniors took to the stage modeling tuxedos, prom gowns and selling raffles in order to help raise money for their own prom while the seniors were able to buy those raffle tickets with the hopes of winning a ticket to their own prom this year.
“The raffles are a great way to attract people to come,” said Lauren Jenkins, who won a $55 iTunes gift card. “There’s nothing more exciting than sitting in the audience hoping to win.”