MORRIS – Memories were made Sunday evening with dance music bumping and high school students strutting their stuff in the Morris Community High School Auditorium.
Students in the Family Career Community Leaders of America Club at Morris Community High School, sponsored by Zan Higgins, took to the catwalk in the auditorium to show this year’s prom fashions to support Grundy County Prom N’ Aid.
“Money from the event helps students with fewer resources have the memories of going to their own prom,” Higgins told the crowd of parents and students who attended.
Grundy County Prom N’ Aid accepts donated dresses and cash to help students at any Grundy County high school go to prom. Money is used to help boys rent tuxes, get gift cards for girls to get their hair done, and even purchase flowers for the big night.
The sixth annual fashion show was themed “NYC meets MCHS.” Everything from the theme, to the skits, to the choice of music, is decided by the members of FCCLA.
Higgins said the students really enjoy putting the entire event together.
“I wanted to be involved because it’s for charity, we know some people in our community can’t afford the dresses,” senior Lauren Severson said. “We donate so they can have the same experience as everyone else.”
The male models attended class Friday in the tuxedos they’d be wearing on stage while the girls wore fancy dresses from their own closet as a way to advertise the show.
“It’s a little uncomfortable to wear the dress at school,” senior Brittany Kinney said Friday. “I’m glad I didn’t wear heels. But people are asking what we’re doing and it’s a great way to get the word out.”
Senior Carrington Herman was in charge of choreography that started off the show to the song “Empire State of Mind,” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. This was followed by junior Arielle Robinson singing “Say Something” by A Great Big World as she played the grand piano at center stage.
Skits filled with humor and cheesy pick-up lines were written and performed by the students, which included “Mr. Steal Yo Girl,” “Soccer Date,” “Parental Advice” and “Evolution” showcasing creative ways to ask a girl to prom, not always successfully.
Seniors Trevor Lines and Brock Kukman closed out the skits with “Top 10 worst ways to ask a girl to prom,” handing out advice to the young men contemplating how to ask a girl to prom. Advice included not having your mom ask her to prom, not cutting off her ponytail, not kidnapping her, and the No. 1 way not to ask is to “Tell her you are the bomb, and then blowing up her house to prove it.”
Creating memories isn’t just reserved for prom night, though. Memories were created at the show as MCHS junior Matt Feiden took to the stage with his sister Kimber, an eighth-grade student at Saratoga Middle School.
It wasn’t long ago that Feiden took the stage for his first prom fashion show performing with his older sister when he was in eighth grade.
“When I was in eighth grade I took the stage with my sister who was a senior, this year I thought it would be fun to sing with my sister Kimber,” Matt said. “It’s what we do, we sing and play guitar together and make memories.”
Kimber said it was exciting to take the stage and perform with her brother.
“It’s one of my favorite things to do,” she said. “We’ve been singing together since I was in fourth or fifth grade, but this was the first time in public.”
After a loud round of applause, the music for the show started and the models took to the stage.
Girls showed off some of this year’s most popular fashions courtesy of Jacqueline Dresses Prom Shop in Oswego, while boys sported tuxes with an array of colorful vests provided by Sklut’s Mens Wear in Morris.
Dresses included everything from form-fitting, sparkly gowns to ballroom style bursts of color.
“I love it, I love the experience,” senior Morgan Hussey said. “We get to wear dresses we wouldn’t normally wear. I already have my prom dress but it’s fun to wear this one.”
Hussey’s father, Principal Kelly Hussey, said he thinks the show is a great experience for the kids and a great way for them to give back to their community in a fun way.