Fashion students display talent at State
by Luke Sokolowski, Wheeling Spokesman
May 6, 2009 — Last weekend, five fashion students attended the
Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State competition in Springfield.
Diana Osberg, Erin Nedland, Maggie Lipiarz and Iryna Khopta, seniors,
competed. Jana Tornquist, junior, attended the competition to gain
competition experience for next year when she will be one of the head
Toni Holt, Fashion/Life studies teacher, encouraged the students to
compete so that their fashion talent can be recognized. "This is my way
to get kids who are good at something like fashion to get noteriety and
recognition for it. People can then see that Wheeling is good at more
than just sports," Ms. Holt said.
Competition results were not available at press time. Students designed
dresses at school and brought them to the competition. Each student then
modeled their dress to the judges. "The girls have to find a pattern, create
a dress and present it to the judges. They are judged on pressing, difficulty,
fit, pattern selection, accessories, presentation and construction.
Construction and how they put it together is a big part of it," Ms. Holt said.
Erin Nedland adjusts her earrings prior to presenting
her dress to the judges at the FCCLA Fashion competition. Presentation is one of the
categories that each student is judged on. "I was nervous about competing because I
didn't know what to expect. I haven't competed in a fashion competition before
and this was the first dress I've made," Nedland said.