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by: Nicole Allen

Seniors Victoria Alario and Dylan Simonelli decided to create their coordinating seminar project about something they were both passionate about; fashion. Both Alario and Simonelli will be graduating in May with a degree in Public Relations and both have hopes of working in the fashion industry. However, their fashion show isn’t just a chance for them to showcase the latest trends but also to shed light on a serious brain disorder; epilepsy.

The idea to bring awareness about epilepsy steams from Alario’s background with the illness. Her cousin has been suffering with this illness all of his life.  She talks about her first encounter at the age of 10 of her cousin’s seizures stating, “It was super scary, his mom was upstairs and we were just playing downstairs and I had no idea whether to leave him and get help or to stay. To this day I’ll never forget that experience.” Epilepsy is a growing illness in America. In fact, according to a study done by 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.

Alario and Simonelli decided to create a fashion show, playfully titled “Cat Walk for Light” where the proceeds would go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York.

The show, which will be held on Sunday April 17 at 4:30 p.m. on the Kaplan field, will consist of 20 student models that Alario and Simonelli will be styling to strut across the runway. The event will be featuring live music and raffles as well as a chance to help out a good cause in a fabulous way.