Mall seeks 20 model teens with the right stuff

NEIGHBORS

July 05, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MARLEY STATION Mall is looking for a few model teens. And while students must fit the "model" criteria through volunteer work and good grades, they should also be prepared to hit the runway.

Open to students in grades nine through 12, the Fashion Service Board helps selected high-schoolers develop into well-rounded teens. After a personal interview, review of application essay and analysis of a student's academic and extracurricular activities, male and female participants will be chosen.

Winners will serve as Model Teens for the school year beginning in September.

Melissa Teague, Marley Station's marketing director, said the 20 teens who are selected will attend monthly training seminars on fashion, modeling, customer service, job interview skills, personal care, etiquette and community awareness. They also will model in four fashion shows at Marley Station and spend at least 10 hours performing community service projects as a group.

"Every student participating in our new Model Teen program will gain valuable training in the fashion and service aspects of retailing," Teague said.

"They'll also master new job skills to make new friends, and have a great time."

The first Model Teen fashion show, scheduled for Oct. 21, will showcase athletic apparel and sporting goods. Additional fashion shows will center on the winter holidays, Valentine's Day and prom season.

Interested high school students may pick up an application form at the Marley Station Service Desk. Completed applications are due July 31. Information: 410-760-8900.

Thrift store summer sale

The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Jumpers Hole Road has a large selection of summer merchandise available, including outdoor lawn furniture, warm-weather apparel and bicycles.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Along with used items, it carries new merchandise donated by local businesses. Stock is replenished daily.

Donations of used items are accepted daily at the trailer on the parking lot and are tax-deductible.

The local store is one of five operated by the Salvation Army in the Baltimore area. Profits support the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at 2700 W. Patapsco Ave. in Baltimore.

The center receives no private or government funding. Income from thrift stores is its main source of support.

The center is a long-term residential facility for men who are trying to overcome alcohol and drug abuse.

In keeping with the Salvation Army's principle of helping oneself, much of the work in running the thrift stores is done by men in the rehabilitation center. They repair, paint and clean used items, ship merchandise to the stores and stock shelves.

The stores draw a diverse group of customers - from recent college graduates setting up a new apartment, to young families trying to stretch a dollar or seniors on fixed incomes.

Information: 410-766-4841.

Home with the awards

Alexis Southworth, the Glen Burnie swimmer who recently competed in the Transplant Games in Orlando, Fla., returned home with a trio of medals.

She won a silver in the 100-meter backstroke, a bronze in the 50-meter breaststroke and a bronze in the 50-meter backstroke.

"I never expected it," she said, adding that she followed the same advice she gives to other swimmers: "Just focus on your lane."

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