By McKenzie Wegner
Novato High’s annual fashion show will be taking place on March 11 in the Old Gym for the fifth year in a row. The theme is to bring people around the world in one evening with the decor of famous global landmarks, and includes dinner and a live auction. However, this year there will be one difference in the show: all grade levels at NHS are welcome to participate.
In previous years, the opportunity to model on the catwalk was only available to juniors and seniors. But the 2017 Fashion Show will be the first to allow freshmen and sophomore models.
The annual fashion show is produced by the leadership class as a fundraiser for NHS.
Other local schools such as San Marin and Marin Catholic also host fashion shows as fundraisers.
The clothes are provided by local stores and boutiques throughout Marin County. The auction items are donated by staff, parents, and local businesses who support local schools.
Several stores that have participated in the past are Banana Republic, Francesca’s, Sundance, and The North Face.
The Novato Fashion Show loves to be consistent with some of their favorite segments including formal wear, prom dresses and suits, and “Novato Swag.”
Sean Robinson, a senior at NHS, is walking in this year’s fashion show for the first time in his high school career.
“I’d say my favorite part of the fashion show is to walk down the runway in really cool, popular clothes,” said Robinson.
For five years the fashion show has been viewed as a junior and senior event, just like the powderpuff football game. Students have mixed opinions on all grades being able to walk.
“I think it is okay that all grades can be involved because everyone should be able to be involved in more opportunities in high school,” said junior Natalie Hays.
The decision to include all grades was made by the leadership class following last year’s fashion show, in order to be inclusive.
Students are viewing this opportunity as a way to create equality among the classes at NHS,
and to unify the different grade levels and personalities.
Paola Magana, a sophomore, believes adding the underclassmen will be impactful.
“Before finding out about all grades being able to participate, I didn’t put much thought into it but it became a possibility...it was just overall a good way to show how well our school works together,” explained Magana.
The Fashion Show won’t just take Novato around the world in one night, but will also open a door for the unification of the different classes at Novato High.