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Designers: Max Castillo, Andrea Arellano, Johanna Vargas, Cynthia Ramirez. Models: Diego Varela, Gregory Goga, Samantha Rodriguez, Elise Esparza, Regina Yanez, Anapaula Gonzalez. Not shown: Sofia Ramirez Photo Credit: Carolina Vela

Grade 8 Designers Claim Their Space

January 25, 2018, 11:32 am
Carolina Vela, Class of 2021

For the second time, middle school students participated in the annual Saint Joseph Academy (SJA) Trashion Show on Friday, Jan.19, 2018. The show’s theme this year was Space, hosted by the Green Team, and was held in the Brother Francis Garza Student Center.

In 2015, Green Team officers decided to include more of the SJA family, the middle schools students, in the Trashion Show experience. The middle school art teacher and the Green Team moderator, Mrs. Ana Rookstool said about the middle school designers, “...they were very impressive. There was all this creativity amongst them. And their enthusiasm as well was really exciting. They were extremely into it.” This year, six students in grade 8 designed clothes using recycled materials. The designers included Max Castillo, Andrea Arellano, Sofia and Cynthia Ramirez, Sydney Pyrtle, and Johanna Vargas. To prepare, some students began their design plans in the summer and worked throughout the semester to get ready. Each designer chose a fellow student to walk the runway modeling their designs. The designs ranged from dresses and headpieces to skirts and t-shirts, all made from recyclable items such as trash bags, aluminum, and old fabric.

One designer, Andrea Arellano, said, “I did it last year because I was interested in designing and I’ve never done something like that, and it ended up being a great experience. It is intimidating, but when you think about it more, you know your designs will be different since a lot of other designers are older and have had more experience. And that’s ok.” These middle school students got an opportunity to stand alongside high school students and show their hard work and talent. Another designer, Max Castillo, said about his own performance, “I know there are some better designs, so I want to work to get on that level”. 

One designer, Andrea Arellano, said, “I did it last year because I was interested in designing and I’ve never done something like that, and it ended up being a great experience. It is intimidating, but when you think about it more, you know your designs will be different since a lot of other designers are older and have had more experience. And that’s ok.” These middle school students got an opportunity to stand alongside high school students and show their hard work and talent. Another designer, Max Castillo, said about his own performance, “I know there are some better designs, so I want to work to get on that level”. 


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