The Colonia High School auditorium was filled with teachers, students, parents, and locals Thursday night, all of whom were there to support and cheer on the graduating seniors at the school's annual prom fashion show. The annual show was organized by the graduating class, with the dedicated help of supportive teachers. All of the proceeds from the fashion show will go to lowering the cost of the prom bid for the senior class.
The dresses and tuxedos modeled by the graduating seniors were all provided by local businesses, Camille Le Vie and Ducoff's Tuxedos, respectively. The senior girls glammed up with tan skin, flawless make-up, and beautiful hairstyles, all made possible by local businesses. Motives Artists did the ladies' make-up, both Eclipse Hair & Spa, and Carmen's Hair Designer did many of the girls' hair styles, and Tanning Hut provided them with free tanning. Some of the girls got the opportunity to get their nails done complimentary of Nails by Tony.
Colonia High School teacher Rosemary Meade emphasized the importance of these local businesses. "Without these vendors, we would not be able to defer as as much money for the seniors in regards to prom and senior luncheon," she said.
Meade urged the audience to return the generous support of these local businesses: "These vendors are all from nearby, Edison, Clark, and Woodbridge. Without their support, we would not be able to have this event. If you ever need your hair, make-up, or nails done, please support these vendors in our community."
On stage, the senior girls and boys seemed to be having a really good time. They enthusiastically worked the stage and entertained the audience with fun dance moves.
"This was a good pre-run before prom, I was able to feel the whole experience," said senior Kathy Kunkowska, whose hair and make-up was created by the Tanning Hut.
Agatha Lendziosek, also a senior at the high school and a participant in the fashion show, said, "This event helps our bids by raising money and it helps me decide where I may want to do my hair and make-up." Lendziosek's creative hair style was done by Eclipse.
Senior Jackie Tedesco agreed. "Being in the fashion show was a great way for me to have fun during my senior year," she said.
"I am just upset that I didn't win the prom bid!" laughed audience member Ruby Gupta, referring to the raffle ticket. "But seriously it let me know what the new fashions of this year are."
Seniors Karina Montero and her friend Liz Guarda also modeled in the fashion show. They collectively said, "It was a fun experience for our senior year." Both loved their dresses, provided by Camille La Vie. Montero did her own make-up, while drama teacher Stephanie Platko did her make-up. Eclipse styled Guarda's hairstyle.
The event was a spectacular success for the models, the audience, and the vendors, but especially so for the senior class, who will find it easier to afford their prom bids this year.