Student works on fashionable project

February 17, 2006|By TIFFANY ARNOLD


Under no circumstance is a prom dress just a dress.

So says South Hagerstown High School senior Chelsea Githens-Brewer.

"In a lot of ways, it is just a dress, but every girl wants to be beautiful, like they're the star of the evening," said Chelsea, student government treasurer turned fashion show coordinator.

Chelsea, 17, will help launch this year's prom shopping season with a show Feb. 25 at South High.

About 45 students representing schools in Washington County will model gowns and tuxedos in the school's auditorium. The show is a fundraiser for South High's Student Government Association, adviser Eugene Ebersole said.


For Chelsea, producing a seamless show requires impeccable organizational skills.

"She had it so together that, when she left my shop, I looked at my staff and said, 'I don't know what she plans to do after high school, but she's going to be so successful,'" said Carol Norton, owner of Jane Anderson Brides.

The downtown boutique is providing the attire for the show. Norton said the shop participated last year.

Chelsea said last year was the first time the SGA put on a show for the prom, but it was smaller and only included participants from South High.

There were also a few kinks. Several models didn't show up the night of the event, causing the show to start later than planned, Chelsea said.

"Which made us look really bad," she said.

This year, Chelsea asked students to get teacher recommendations and had official forms for models to fill out.

Ebersole, a South High teacher, said the recommendations weren't a requirement, but they were Chelsea's way of ensuring dedication from this year's batch of models.

Last year's glitches did not deter Norton from working with Chelsea again.

"Doing a fashion showcase is fun and it's good exposure for us," Norton said. "We get great feedback from the girls. Plus, high school girls are always a lot of fun to work with."

Boys will be in on the action, too, Chelsea said. She said 10 have signed on for the show, though that number could change.

"The guys are a little harder to convince," she said.

If you go

What: Co-ed prom fashion show. Admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for students.

When: Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.

Where: South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St.

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