As a standout football player for the Nazareth Academy football team, Will Colmery has been very comfortable dressing in pads, a jersey and a helmet for the past four years.
But the senior from Western Springs looked like anything but an elite athlete ready to take the field Sunday when he joined a group of about 100 Nazareth seniors who participated in the school’s annual spring fashion show.
Presented by the Nazareth Mothers Club, the spring fashion show has become a tradition at the LaGrange Park high school. It was started more than 15 years ago by Nazareth alum Tracey Tarantino DiBuono, who continues to produce the show.
“I don’t really get dressed up, but I thought it would be fun to be in this,” Colmery said. “It is kind of a big deal here, and my friends were doing it, so I thought I would get involved, too.”
Angela Broucek, Nazareth’s director of development, said the fashion show proves a “rite of passage” for the school’s seniors.
“It’s a lot of fun for everyone,” Broucek said. “It’s something the seniors here have been doing for a long time. They have fun with it, and the people who come to watch have a great time, too.”
About 320 guests attended the show at the Marriott hotel in Oak Brook. Several vendors sold their wares to guests before the pre-show lunch.
Frankie Citro of Westchester participated in the fashion show as did her twin brother, Joey. Their older brother, Sam, was in the show a year ago before graduating.
“The fashion show is a huge thing here,” Frankie Citro said. “This is our big senior-year thing; it bring us all together.”
Elizabeth Moore of Western Springs also said tradition plays a big part of the fashion show, but getting involved was fun, too.
“It’s all glitzed up and glamour,” she said.
Nazareth junior Taylor Szala of Lisle was at the fashion show to help out, but will have to wait a year to walk the runway.
“It is a big tradition,” she said. “I heard about this as a freshman.”
Katie Driscoll and Tricia Masterson are 2012 Nazareth graduates who were in the fashion show two years ago and returned Sunday to watch the current group of seniors.
“It’s just really fun for the seniors, a kind of end-of-the-year event,” Masterson said. “Everyone has fun with it; it’s fun to dress up.”