Seniors take the runway at fashion show


Seniors wore many outfits as they raised money for West Essex classrooms at the WEFE Senior Fashion show on May 21. Organizers said the event raised more than $10,000 for classroom grants.

It’s time to walk the runway! The West Essex Foundation for Education (WEFE) held its seventh annual fashion show this year on May 21 at the West Essex turf. 

WEFE is a nonprofit, parent-run organization that works to improve the quality of education for all students and teachers at West Essex. They hold events and fundraisers that provide funds and contributions toward programs that benefit West Essex students’ learning environments. 100 percent of funds raised from the Senior Fashion Show go to satisfy teacher grants. 

“I feel good about giving back to our school and community,” Michielle Kupferberg, president of WEFE said. “Our West Essex teachers appreciate all of our efforts and are excited about the grants they receive. This year we raised approximately $10,000.” 

Overall, WEFE’s main goal is to utilize the funds to improve West Essex for students and teachers in every way. This fashion show is always wildly successful and participants said it’s the perfect way to finish up the school year. 

Seniors were thrilled to leave their mark on the school by strutting down the runway in a variety of outfits. About 80 seniors walked in this year’s show. Contrasting from previous years, groups of students got to select different themes that gave them more creative freedom, including concepts like the coastal beach party, European summer and black and white. 

“My group’s theme was Kentucky Derby and the hats were my favorite part,” senior Sabrina Tango said. 

Their excitement outweighed their nerves, allowing these students to make this fashion show full of fun. 

“I was very excited leading up to the show,” senior Ava Rapkin said. “I loved getting ready for it and was excited about my outfit. I wasn’t too nervous because the fashion show was quick and easy.”