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Look good feel great master class presented at Mount Vernon High School

Look good feel great master class presented at Mount Vernon High School

Students at Mount Vernon High School gathered in the auditorium for a masterclass on how to utilize self-care to help promote overall wellness on Thursday, February 9, 2024. Audience members were welcomed with healthy snack options, such as fruit and water before the presentation. 

The masterclass consisted of three panelists who led the conversation –Groovy Lew, Celebrity Fashion Stylist; Michelle Styles Benard, Celebrity Hair Stylist; and Mike Barnett; Celebrity Fashion Stylist. 

The audience was welcomed by the Mayor of Mount Vernon, Shawyn Patterson, and Priscilla Echi, CEO of The Social Butterfly, an organization that helps put together workshops such as this one. 

“Not all of ourselves see ourselves now as who we’re going to be,” said Mayor Shawyn Patterson. “Trust me, when I sat in the same seats that you sat in, I never knew that I would be standing here as the mayor now. See, fashion is not about buying the most expensive things, it’s about knowing how to take things that are basic and normal, making it your own and making it fly. When you create your own sense of style and fashion, and you can own it and you can individualize it, and you can feel good in it, that makes a big difference too.”  

The panelists went on to discuss topics such as the connection between the mind, body and soul. They also gave tips on hygiene and wellness, why it is important to always dress for success, cultivating healthy habits, and mindful self care practices. After the discussion, students were able to interact with the panelists and ask them questions.  

“I’m here to talk about wellness and self care with the kids today,” said Mr. Barnett. “The easy factor for me, it might sound a bit redundant, but you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good you play good. And moving on into this world, once you play good, then later on they pay good. It’s also about having knowledge in self and betting the odds, trying to live a good life.”   

The Social Butterfly hopes to continue this partnership with the Mount Vernon High School, to inspire more students to strive for total wellness.  

Students grabbing food before presentation.
Students mingling before presentation
Students mingling before presentation
mayor speaking with panelist before presentation.
Student at interview.

Students flocked to the community center at Mount Vernon High School for the second job fair hosted by the Westchester-Putnam Career Center and Rye Playland on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Students applied and interviewed for various jobs such as ride operator and concession stand attendant.  

Panelist on stage at MVHS.

Students at Mount Vernon High School gathered in the auditorium for a masterclass on how to utilize self-care to help promote overall wellness on Thursday, February 9, 2024. Audience members were welcomed with healthy snack options, such as fruit and water before the presentation. 

Students listening to discussion.

Professionals working in a wide variety of industries visited Mount Vernon High School for Career Day on Friday, February 2, 2024. Student-ambassadors from the National Honor Society and the Her Honor Mentoring program led the professionals around the school and connected them with the students.  

Sade Loague

Sade Loague, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, is stirring things up in the kitchen through the Career Technical Education program. She is in her third year in Culinary Arts, which is one of the programs offered through CTE at the high school. Sade has worked in a kitchen and gained valuable hands-on experience catering school events.

Nursing students, instructor and blood mascot

Hospital beds and medical equipment lined the small gym at Mount Vernon High School for the blood drive hosted by the SkillsUSA Club. SkillsUSA is a student-led organization representing career and technical education students and teachers across the country. The blood drive, open to the community, was held on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

CTE nursing students talking to middle schoolers.

Eighth grade students and their families gathered with excitement at Mount Vernon High School for the first Career and Technical Education Department Showcase on Thursday, January 11, 2024. Scholars and parents were able to learn more about program opportunities offered in CTE and have their questions answered during the showcase.