Prom fashion show preps students eager for the season (video)
Girls in glittering dresses walked onto the high school auditorium stage cheered on by their peers.
Lights, music, a graffiti-designed background and two charismatic masters of ceremony gave Victoria West High School students a taste of this spring's prom fashion trends.
Sophomore Joey Ochoa, 16, said he was brought onto the team of models at the last minute.
"They told me they needed another escort, so I put this suit on that I bought at Kohl's," Joey said. "I'm sort of known for being a good dresser around here."
Stage technician and sophomore Courtney Van Meter, 15, ran from the stage to the director's box, coordinating lighting and sound.
"I've been handling tech stuff forever," Courtney said. "I started doing tech with my church and then Theatre Victoria."
Co-organizer Jennifer Elliott, a staff member at West, said putting the fashion show together was important to her because of what prom means to so many young girls.
"Our campus is understaffed, so we had to scramble this together under a short amount of time," Elliott said. "I wanted the kids to be included as much as possible."
Dresses were donated by area business including Jade & Madalynn, J.C. Penney, Dillard's and Al's Formal Wear.
"The part of the prom that sticks out to me is the Disney story," Elliot said. "Getting dressed up, being with your prince charming, saying goodbye to the people you spent high school with and making the most out of the night is what it's all about."
A total of 45 dresses were donated to the show.
"I'm a girly-girl. I love this stuff," Elliot said. "This should be the biggest night for these girls' high school lives."
Gift cards from Johnny Carino's and Red Lobster, a corsage from H-E-B and hair appointments and spray tans from The January Salon were donated as prizes for the audience.
"It was really great," said audience member Mikaela Sauceda, 15. "The boys were the best part."