Kids’ Fashion Show Lights Up Sunday Morning Scene At THON 2023

The Kids’ Fashion Show took center stage Sunday morning at THON, featuring nearly 40 children clad in vibrant and stylish apparel in front of a packed Bryce Jordan Center floor. 

Each participant warranted about 30 seconds to express their best looks beside the activity hosts, who greeted the sharp suitors between a decorative, red-carpet-styled arch. 

Grace kicked off the “Today’s kids, tomorrow’s heroes” themed event with a classic look and a wide smile. She was accompanied by her family, and her goal is to eventually inspire other students as a future teacher. 

After posing for pictures and receiving applause from the audience members, Lilly transitioned onto the scene with a unicorn-centric getup, highlighted by bright pastel colors. Aside from her strong sense of fashion, Lilly prides herself on her cheerleading and dance abilities. 

Wasting little time between participants, Caleb made a fast strut toward the stage’s merge point, boasting a yellow tutu and a Pokémon jumpsuit. Like Lillie, Caleb enjoys cheerleading and plays piano as an additional hobby. 

The multitalented Caleb exited the stage, as the combination of Jackson and Riley took his limelight position. The pair, who hail as siblings, walked in unison with visible grins of excitement. Jackson rocked a Hulk mask coupled with a green cape, and Riley smiled and waved to the crowd in a shiny dress. 

Hailey then stepped in for the brother-sister combination, giving slight acknowledgment to the crowd. She repped a classic look, and the hosts mentioned her adoration for koala bears and violet as she made her journey through the arch. 

Several girls decorated in white outfits glittered with butterflies then entered the scene. Julia, an avid dancer from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, waved to the eccentric THON crowd as the committee members explained her innate ability to perfect arial stunts. 

Three sisters, Kendall, Whitney, and Madeline, were featured shortly following Julia’s fame. Whitney recently entered the long-term survivorship care program in December and is gaining vital strength daily. Overall, the close-knit bunch admires Dinsey movies and their dog. 

Multiple other pairs moved onto the stage following the initial sibling-departure period, including Marissa and Kate, Julia and Georgia, and Devon and Trevor. The latter, Devon and Trevor, both enjoy sports but specialize in separate areas. Trevor carved out a niche in parkour, while Devon enjoys playing soccer. 

Willow and Ria replaced the other sibling counterparts next, repping the most unique interest of nearly every participant. Willow’s favorite food consists of tacos, while she also likes accessorizing with the color blue. 

For the first time in the show’s duration, a group of four graced the stage, highlighted by Abigail, Naomi, Neamiah, and Samuel, who all eventually want to explore space. Cecilia and Madeline soon followed, and the hosts proclaimed that they both share interests in dance and ultimate frisbee. 

Joined by THON group Ohana, Katelyn made her grand entrance onto the BJC’s large stage structure in a bright orange outfit. The young lady is a rising tennis star, and, according to the hosts, she also has a sweet spot for bracelets. 

Nina and Elle then strut onto the platform separately but shared an array of similar interests through each host’s description. According to the committee captain, Elle regularly sings, loves cheetah-patterned apparel, sparkles, rainings, summertime, and swimming. Similarly, Nine cheers, dances, and can always be found listening to Ariana Grande. 

The trend of avid soccer players furthered with Melena. She shared many talents and interests with the emcees, including her sweet-tooth tendencies when it comes to ice cream. She rocked a bold crown and cape looked, which paid off in the form of collective praise from the onlookers. 

Daniel played to Happy Valley’s heartstrings by expressing his love for Philadelphia sports, including the Eagles and Phillies. While his outfit wasn’t too exuberant, that wasn’t his main goal. He’s a mainstay on his middle school’s eighth-grade basketball team, which warrants most of his attention in the winter. 

The mid-morning spectacle rounded out with siblings, Charlie and Nessa, followed by Rosalind and Sean. While Sean couldn’t attend the fashion show in person, the curtain closer finished off the event with a full-body Batman look, tied together with the mask. His combination of effort and giddiness made him a fitting conclusion to a magical show. 

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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