LAKE TWP.  The Lake High School Marketing and Business Management Program will be hosting its 13th annual Prom Fashion Show as a way for students to gain experience in the real world.

"They're responsible for running the show that night — pretty much the whole thing," MBM teacher Aja Tompot said. "It allows them to take what they’ve learned in their college level course that they took this year and apply it to a real-life situation."

The senior students enrolled in the program do all the work leading up to the fashion show including advertisement, collecting donations from local businesses and selling tickets. Students also run the show on the day of the event.

"(This event) would help students, if they’re going into business, directly by gaining experience, but no matter what field they go into it’s a good learning experience," Tompot said. "It forces them to work on their communication skills and getting out there and doing things that might make them a little uncomfortable."

The annual Prom Fashion Show will take place Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Hartville Collectibles, 1015 Ediston St. NW, which donated its location for the show.

Students enter the MBM program as sophomores and can begin earning college credits their junior year. Students can earn six college credits each year.

The program emphasizes the importance of real word experience through the fashion show and another project that allows students to create their own business. This project allows the student to come up with a business idea, pitch it to other local businesses and get investments for their proposal.

According to the Lake Local School’s career tech website, this program was created to provide students with "fundamental marking and management functions including planning, organizing, leading and controlling from a historical and contemporary perspective."

This year’s theme for the fashion show is "Through the Decades." The show will feature music from the ’50s through today played by An Affordable DJ, a DJ from Uniontown. Tompot said the dresses and tuxedos will not reflect the time periods though props from the decades may be used to correspond with the music.

The fashion show will feature the newest prom-wear, which will be supplied from American Commodore of Belden Village and Summit malls.

"It’s a nice way for the students to get out into the community and connect with local vendors and make that connection and that relationship," Tompot said. "A lot of the local shops and businesses and even chains are very generous and donate a lot of different things for the event."

The show will close with a pie eating contest featuring six senior football players, which Tompot said is for "pure entertainment." The students wanted to end the fashion show with a light hearted, fun event.

Tickets to attend the show are $5 and can be purchased at the gate. Guests under six years of age are admitted for free. A raffle and door prizes will also be drawn throughout the event.

All proceeds collected during the event will benefit the Marking and Business Management program’s scholarship fund.