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NHS members participate in Natalie M. Fashion Show

Students walk the runway to earn money to benefit themselves and their school

Sammie Volkamer, JAG copy editor and organizations editor

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At the Natalie M. Fashion Show on Sunday, Feb. 3, multiple students in NHS walked the runway to benefit schools and students in the greater Kansas City Area. Seniors Fatima Hernandez and Sydney Njorage each won a scholarship giving money to help pay for their college tuition and help fund an organization of their choice at Mill Valley.

Every year, multiple students in NHS walk the runway to benefit schools and students in the greater Kansas City area.

According to Sides, NHS participates in the Natalie M. Fashion Show to benefit students and the school.

“The Natalie M. Fashion Show is our organization’s only fundraiser and it helps support some of the activities we do through NHS,” Sides said. “It’s so much better than selling cookie dough  because it give our students a once in a lifetime chance to do something out of the ordinary.”

To receive the scholarship and walk in the show, Hernandez Njorage had to write an essay in their applications about what they wished to accomplish.

“When I received my scholarship I was surprised and excited,” Hernandez said. “When I heard my name I was like ‘wait, that’s my name oh my gosh.’ Then I walked onto the runway, and received my certification and did a lap.”

NHS sponsor Sarah Sides enjoyed seeing multiple students win their scholarships.

“It always feels good to see a familiar face win a big award,” Sides said. “Natalie M. emphasized the scholarships a bit more this year, so for our students to walk away with two is pretty special.”

To walk in the show, Hernandez and other participants had to raise a minimum of $100.

“I chose to participate in the fashion show because when do you get a chance of walking on a runway and strutting your stuff,” Hernandez said. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I took it.”

The excitement of the crowd made Hernandez feel fearless.

“Before walking up on the runway I was nervous, but once I got on the runway I was confident and in my zone. I was having fun and rocking out to ‘Party in the USA,’” Hernandez said. “My favorite moment was when I was out in the runway and nothing can stop me from being my best, the crowd cheering and the spotlight on me.”

Sides enjoys the unique atmosphere of her students walking in the show.

“Personally, my favorite part of the show is seeing all of the gorgeous gowns and imagining which one I would want to wear if I was still in high school,” Sides said. “I also love seeing Mill Valley represented on the runway and as part of the scholarship award recipients.”

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