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Southside Circus features prom fashions under the big top


December 26, 2012
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Students at South Forsyth High School are learning how to make it work on the runway.

The school's DECA chapter and marketing students are presenting "Southside Circus," prom fashion shows at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17.

The shows will be in the school's performing arts center, 585 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming.

Southside Circus is being created and produced by South Forsyth's fashion, sports and entertainment marketing classes. Members of DECA, an association of marketing students, also assist with the annual event and fundraiser.

"Students receive firsthand experience in planning and creating a large revenue-generating event," said Nancy Ruff, marketing instructor and DECA advisor. "They brainstorm ways to raise money beyond selling tickets to the show. For example, the prom fashion show includes a basket give-away and a top model contest."

Fashion marketing students Macy Sarver and Caroline Garrison are excited to be a part of the show. The girls said they've spent time in class, after school and weekends working on the props.

The students don't just produce the show. They also model.

"I worked behind the scenes last year, and I'm excited to actually model in the show this year," said Drew Cudjoe, fashion marketing student. "It will be one of the highlights of my senior year."

Senior Mark Illescas is also excited to get out on the runway.

"Modeling in this show is a fun way to show school spirit and look good at the same time," he said.

Two charities will receive support with funds raised from the SFHS DECA Prom Fashion Show — The Perfect Prom and Aflac Children's Cancer Center.

The Perfect Prom is a Forsyth Junior Service League program designed to help high school senior girls who want to attend prom, but need financial assistance.

DECA chose to support Aflac Children's Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta because one of their own is being treated there.

South Forsyth junior and DECA member Katielee Kaner was diagnosed with bone cancer last spring. Kaner will be a model in the show.

Entertainment will be provided by South Forsyth High School students throughout the show. Miss United States 2010 Jessica Black will select Miss Ringmaster, the female model with the best stage personality and poise.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the school at 770-781- 2264 ext. 100213.

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