The St. Joseph’s Academy Family and Consumer Science Department presented the annual SJA Style Show on April 10 for parents and friends and again on April 11 for the student body. The theme for the high-energy production was Fashion Police Academy: Dressed to Arrest.
Students in Family and Consumer Science made and modeled skirts and pajama bottoms, and students in Clothing Construction made and modeled pleated skirts and dresses. The final scene of the show featured seniors in Advanced Clothing Construction modeling the formal gowns they made.
FACS faculty member Amy Neck said this year’s show was an overwhelming success. “It is always with pleasure that I watch the girls have so much fun on stage,” she said. “We have so many talented students at SJA that the style show has become a time to showcase our depth of talent, not just with the garments but also with singing and dancing. The show even had three teachers participate: Stephen Barrios on drums and deLynn Stelly and Katie Comeaux making a cameo appearance with one of the talent acts.”
FACS faculty member Yvette Aillet said the show was highly entertaining. “It was such a blast to be a part of,” she said. “The girls chose such a fun and creative theme, making the show an exciting production. It’s always so amazing to see what the girls come up with and make happen. This group worked so hard to make sure this year’s show was possibly the best yet. We had great student participation. The classes were so enthusiastic about working on the show, and our talent acts were awesome, as well. Every part of our Fashion Police Academy was well executed.”
Senior Alyssa James made and modeled a royal blue dress with a grey metallic lining. “I modeled my dress off of Taylor Swift’s dress that she wore to the Grammys,” she said. “My favorite part about modeling my dress was getting to walk in it. I really enjoyed when I walked how it would flow out. Throughout the entire process of making my dress, it was very hard for me to picture what the finished product would be. When I got dressed with my heels on, jewelry on, hair done and makeup done, I was able to finally see what I worked so hard for. Although stressful, I really enjoyed getting to make my prom dress and would not have been able to do it without the help from Mrs. Neck and Mrs. [Linda] Weimer.”
Senior Elise Bordlee said she enjoyed modeling in the show. “It was so rewarding to be able to model something in front of the student body that I created myself,” she said. “My dress was a deep V-neck with a deep V-back and an A-line skirt and pockets.”
Adding their talents to the production were the HipHopHooligans: Raegan Griffin, Makenzie Morgan, Kaelyn Kimball, Alaina Becnel, Anna Stolzenthaler, Ainsley Sonnier and Gabby Rotolo. Claire Marie Tate and Carolynn Waller sang That’s What’s Up by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Angelle McCormick sang Feeling Good by Michael Bublé. SJA Senior Dancers Annie Bonis, Nicole Crochet, Anne Marie Herring, Maddie Maddox, Macy Marionneaux, Kelsey Mire, Annemarie Romero, Marissa Rovira and Olivia Sanders also performed.
Catholic High students performed and served as escorts for the models. They were Andrew Bienvenu, Ben Miles, William Price, Zack Crawford, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Neko Redd, Lance Rodriguez and Jake Schexnaildre.
Also working to make the show a success were Abigail Green, logo design; Melanie Miller, program; Layne McGehee and Anna Wall, featured vocalists; Michael McDowell, piano; Stephen Barrios, drums; Elise Bordlee and Catherine Richard, video production; Alaina Becnel, Olivia Bosse, Alyssa James, Lauren Kleinpeter, Kelly Marks, Allison Mermigas, Alana Polozola, Kelly Wilson and Elizabeth Grace Sylvest, script; Hugo Andricain, lighting; and Mike Green, Beau Sylvest and the CHS escorts, set up.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine
Date posted: April 13, 2017