Rock Bridge showcases diversity, features international fashion

SCHOOLS: ROCK BRIDGE HIGH

By KATIE MORITZ and CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

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During lunch period on Wednesday, Feb. 23, international flavor wasn’t being served up in the lunch line — it was strutting on the catwalk.

As part of its four day-long Global Village event, Rock Bridge High School held the International Fashion Show during its two lunch periods. Students and staff donned the traditional clothing of cultures around the world and walked an elevated wooden runway set up in the foyer in front of the main office.

The show featured clothing from Nigeria, Japan, Iraq and other countries.

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Rock Bridge High School senior Laura Torrado walked the runway in a guayabera, a traditional Latin American dress shirt decorated with patch pockets and rows of tiny pleats. An exchange student from Colombia, this is her first time participating in the high school’s fashion show. Seeing the other models’ fashions was her favorite part of being in the show.

“I liked to see all the different things, the different dress,” she said.

This was the second year in a row Ngoc Tran took a spin on the international catwalk. She said her favorite outfits featured in the show came from Japan and South America.

Seniors Lauren Deschenes and Kylee Fuchs were spectators at the show. Deschenes said she enjoyed watching students have fun with their moment on the runway.

“I liked when people got into it, with the winks and the smiles,” Deschenes said. “I think it’s really great that kids get to be educated on the customs of different countries. I’m glad that’s respected and cared about rather than ignored.”

Fuchs said the show was a good opportunity for students to celebrate the cultural diversity they might have otherwise missed.

“Rock Bridge is really diverse in culture and it goes unrecognized,” Fuchs said. “It’s great to see them (students) come out and share their culture with their classmates.”
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