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DECA preps for prom fashion show
'Southside Circus' set for Thursday
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Forsyth County News


Tickets to “Southside Circus” are $7 and can be purchased at the events, which are set for 5:40 and 8 p.m. Thursday in South Forsyth High School’s performing arts center. For more information, or advance tickets, call (770) 781-2264, Ext. 100213.

The South Forsyth High DECA chapter is taking fashion to the big top.

Featuring the theme “Southside Circus,” the DECA Prom Fashion Show is set for 5:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday at the school’s performing arts center.

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

Students in DECA, as well as the school’s fashion marketing and sports and entertainment marketing classes, have been planning the production since August.

The students created the theme, choreography and props for the show, which is the club’s annual fundraiser. The proceeds help DECA members attend conferences and competitions.

Nancy Ruff, marketing instructor and DECA adviser, said the event challenges students to produce a revenue-generating professional fashion show.

They have to raise money beyond ticket sales, including a basket giveaway and top model contest during the event. The contest will be judged by Miss United States 2010 Jessica Black, who will choose Miss Ringmaster, the female model with the best stage personality and poise.

There will also be a $1 per vote audience-selected top male and female model.

“Modeling in this show is a fun way to show school spirit and look good at the same times,” said senior Mark Illescas.

In addition to fundraising, the fashion show will also support Perfect Prom, a Forsyth Junior Service League charity program designed to help senior girls who need financial help to attend the big spring dance.

Money will also be collected for the Aflac Children’s Cancer Center in honor of South Forsyth junior and DECA member Katielee Kaner, who was diagnosed with bone cancer last spring.

Kaner, who’s been receiving treatments at the center for several months, will be one of the models Thursday.