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DEAR STUDENTS,

IT’S

APRIL AND SPRING IS HERE! SENIORS MAY

BE BATTLING SEVERE CASES OF SENIORITIS AS THEY MAKE PLANS FOR PROM AND LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. UNDERCLASSMEN MAY BE ITCHING FOR SUMMER TO GET UNDERWAY BUT THE THING WE ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS THE PLANET. THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST EARTH DAY IS APRIL 22, 2010. LET THIS EARTH DAY INSPIRE YOU TO DO SOMETHING TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. WE MAY NOT ALL BE ABLE TO STAGE SOME MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL STUNT BUT GOING GREEN IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK. EVEN IF IT MEANS TAKING BABY STEPS, THERE ARE PLENTY OF LITTLE THINGS WE CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH IS NOT JUST A RESPONSIBILITY -- IT’S A PRIVILEGE. ¬IN THAT SPIRIT HERE IS A LIST OF CH’S 5 FAVORITE THINGS ANYONE CAN DO TO HELP SAVE THE PLANET … AND HEY YOU MIGHT FIND YOURSELF SAVING A LITTLE MONEY AND FEELING GOOD ALONG THE WAY!

1. FOR ONE DAY A WEEK (OR MORE!), EAT NO DISPOSABLE FOOD ITEMS OR BEVERAGES. ADD TO THAT NO PAPER PLATES, PLASTIC UTENSILS OR OTHER DISPOSABLE DINNERWARE. WE ALL HAVE CUPBOARDS FULL OF DISHES AND GLASSES THAT WE PASS ON WHEN WE GRAB A PAPER PLATE FOR THAT QUICK SNACK. FOR JUST ONE DAY, PASS ON THE PAPER PRODUCTS. 2. UNPLUG YOUR PHONE CHARGER WHEN NOT IN USE. THIS APPLIES TO OTHER APPLIANCES AS WELL. MANY PLUGGED IN APPLIANCES CONTINUE TO DRAW ENERGY EVEN WHEN NOT IN USE. WHILE YOU’RE AT IT TURN OFF THE LIGHTS WHEN YOU LEAVE A ROOM, IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS.

3. LOSE THE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. THESE LEAVE A HUGE CARBON FOOTPRINT. PURCHASE A REUSABLE BOTTLE OR CANTEEN FOR YOUR WATER. YOU HELP SAVE THE PLANET, AND WOULD BE SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU SAVE IN THE PROCESS.

4. USE A LAPTOP INSTEAD OF A DESKTOP MODEL COMPUTER. BY USING A LAPTOP COMPUTER YOUR ENERGY SAVINGS COULD RANGE FROM 50 TO 80 PERCENT.

5. BUY USED . CONSIDER A SERVICE LIKE CRAIGSLIST OR FREESHARING TO TRACK DOWN FURNITURE, APPLIANCES, AND OTHER ITEMS, RATHER THAN BUYING THEM NEW. CHECK OUT GARAGE SALES AND THRIFT STORES FOR CLOTHING AND OTHER EVERYDAY ITEMS. USE YOUR CREATIVITY IN GIFT GIVING, INCLUDING MAKING HOMEMADE GIFTS, DONATING TO A GOOD CAUSE, OR EVEN REGIFTING (AND GIFT GREEN, IN GENERAL). YOUR PURCHASING HABITS HAVE A REAL IMPACT, FOR BETTER OR WORSE. THIS MONTH’S ISSUE OF CH ALSO FEATURES TOPICS DEDICATED TO PROM LIKE HOW TO GET FIT FOR THE SPECIAL NIGHT. ALSO IN THE SPIRIT OF EARTH DAY OUR “GIRLS GONE GREEN” STORY SHOULDN’T BE MISSED! TO TOP IT OFF, CH CHECKS IN WITH 90210 STAR, MATT LANTER, WHO GIVES US THE LOWDOWN ON HIS LIFE AND TIMES. ENJOY AND DON’T FORGET TO VISIT :

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MKC THE INSIDE SCOOP

ON WORKING IN BEAUTY BY

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KC ACADEMY FOUNDER MARGARET KIMURA IS A MULTI-TALENTED ENTREPRENEUR, MAKEUP ARTIST, AUTHOR AND COSMETICS LINE OWNER. HER MKC ACADEMY OF FASHION, BEAUTY & PRINT IS A PRIVATE INSTITUTION WHOSE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IS TO CREATE SUCCESSFUL, PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS THROUGH BEGINNER AND ADVANCED, SUPPLEMENTAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING THROUGH THESE INDUSTRIES. RECENTLY, KIMURA GAVE CH SOME EXCLUSIVE TIME FROM HER BUSY SCHEDULE.

CH: SO WHAT IS THE DAY IN THE LIFE OF MARGARET KIMURA? MK: MY LIFE ON A DAILY BASIS IS SO DIFFERENT SO IT’S VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO GIVE YOU A STEP-BY-STEP ANSWER. IT REALLY DEPENDS ON THE FOCUS OF THAT DAY, HENCE I’M DOING DIFFERENT THINGS AT DIFFERENT TIMES DURING THE DAY. CURRENTLY I JUST BECAME THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR FOR I NUOVI PROFESSIONAL. IT IS A NEW COSMETICS LINE THAT JUST RECENTLY LAUNCHED HERE IN THE USA. SO THAT KEEPS ME VERY BUSY ADDITIONALLY WITH ALL OF THE OTHERS PROJECTS I AM INVOLVED WITH. ALL IN ALL I COME HOME VERY TIRED AND HAPPY!! CH: DO YOU THINK IT IS REALLY HARD TO GET INTO THE MAKE-UP AND FASHION INDUSTRY IN TODAY’S MARKET? MK: IN MY OPINION EVERYTHING IS HARD IN ANY INDUSTRY, BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE DIFFICULT. IF YOU ARE WILLING TO DO THE HARD WORK THAN YOU WILL MAKE IT IN ANY INDUSTRY. HARD WORK PREVAILS. DIFFICULTY IS WHEN YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DO THE HARD WORK. CH: WHO WAS THE FIRST CELEBRITY YOU DID MAKE UP FOR? MK: FUNNY YOU ASK THAT QUESTION. THE MOVIE “THE RUNAWAYS” JUST CAME OUT WITH DAKOTA FANNING AND KRISTEN STEWART AND THAT STORY REALLY HITS CLOSE TO HOME FOR ME. WHEN I WAS 14, ABOUT FIVE YEARS AFTER THE RUNAWAYS BROKE UP, LITA FORD THE LEAD GUITARIST ASKED ME TO DO HER MAKE UP ON HER FIRST SOLO ALBUM. BUT AS FAR AS A MOVIE STAR CELEBRITY, IT WAS BRIDGET BARDO IN MILAN, ITALY FOR A RUNWAY SHOW FOR FIORUCCI. CH: WHAT SEPARATES MKC BEAUTY ACADEMY FROM OTHER BEAUTY SCHOOLS? MK: WE HAVE BEEN COMPARED TO “THE HARVARD OR YALE” OF MAKEUP SCHOOLS BY OUR PEERS. THAT IS SUCH A COMPLIMENT TO ME BECAUSE WE REALLY ADVOCATE EXCELLENCE AND QUALITY. BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT ME TO BREAK IT DOWN. MKC BEAUTY ACADEMY IS A LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. WE FOCUS ON EVERY LEVEL OF THE STUDENT. OUR GOAL IS FOR EACH STUDENT TO LEAVE KNOWING HOW TO BE THEIR BEST ON EVERY LEVEL OF THEIR CRAFT AND BUSINESS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SELF CONFIDENCE IN LIFE. CH: CAN STUDENTS RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID OR SCHOLARSHIPS WHEN THEY ATTEND YOUR SCHOOL? MK: YES WE DO HAVE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMS BUT YOU MUST QUALIFY. AS FAR AS FINANCIAL AID WE WORK WITH SALLE MAE. CH: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME CERTIFIED IN MAKEUP, HAIR, AND FASHION? MK: YOU MUST HAVE 5 TO 6 YEARS OF ON THE JOB TRAINING OR A CERTIFICATION AT A PSV SCHOOL SUCH AS OURS MKC BEAUTY ACADEMY. CH: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT THAT IS TRYING TO GET INTO YOUR POSITION AS A MULTI TALENTED MAKEUP ARTIST, AUTHOR AND ENTREPRENEUR? MK: NEVER LISTEN TO THE “CAN’T DO’S” OR “WON’T DO.” KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE AND PLAN TO WORK YOUR BUTT OFF. CH: WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL? MK: BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I WAS ALREADY WORKING TOWARDS MY CAREER AND WAS VERY FOCUSED AND DETERMINED TO SUCCEED. I HUNG OUT WITH PEOPLE THAT WERE MY MENTORS. BASICALLY I CHOSE TO BE AROUND PEOPLE I WANTED TO BE LIKE, THAT WERE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE AND WORK. CH: DO YOU NEED A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA TO ATTEND MKC ACADEMY? MK: YES YOU DO! CH: DO YOU NEED TO HAVE REALLY GOOD GRADES TO GET IN TO MKC ACADEMY? MK: IT WOULD CERTAINLY HELP, HOWEVER THOSE WHO DID AVERAGE IN SCHOOL OFTEN EXCEL AT MKC BEAUTY ACADEMY BECAUSE IT IS MORE TOWARDS WHAT THEY CONNECT WITH. MY THEORY IS THAT YOU HAVE TO BE FOCUSED, DEDICATED, AND PASSIONATE AND MUST HAVE HARD WORK ETHICS. IN ORDER TO STAY IN MKC ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN A “B” AVERAGE. CH: WAS THERE EVER POINTS IN YOUR CAREER WERE YOU WANTED TO QUIT? WHAT WAS IT? AND WHAT MADE YOU NOT QUIT? MK: THIS IS A VERY GOOD QUESTION. I WAS WORKING IN NEW YORK CITY AFTER I DID MY TIME WORKING IN EUROPE. I SAVED TOOTH AND NAIL FOR MY DREAM MAKE UP KIT. FINALLY I WAS ABLE TO BUY IT. A FEW DAYS LATER I WAS ON MY WAY HOME FROM A SHOOT AND DECIDED I NEEDED TO GO TO ATM BANK TO GET SOME CASH OUT. DURING THE TIME I WAS DOING MY TRANSACTION SOMEONE SNATCHED MY KIT AND RAN AWAY. I WAS COMPLETELY DEVASTATED. MY DEAR FRIEND AND ACTRESS, ANDIE MCDOWELL HAD INVITED ME TO DINNER THAT NIGHT AND I LITERALLY WAS ON MY PITY POT AND TRIED TO DECLINE. I SAID TO ANDIE, I AM QUITTING MAKE UP AND I AM GOING TO MOVE BACK TO LA. ANDIE WAS NOT HAVING IT AND INSISTED THAT I GO TO HER APARTMENT IMMEDIATELY. SOMEHOW SHE WON AND I WENT. AS SOON AS I ARRIVED AT HER PLACE SHE SAID FOR ME TO GO TO HER BEDROOM AND LOOK ON THE BED. SHE CONTACTED A FEW OF HER ACQUAINTANCES IN THE BEAUTY WORLD AND MANAGED TO GET ME A BRAND NEW KIT BY THE TIME I GOT TO HER PLACE. I WAS SO SHOCKED BY HER LOVE AND SUPPORT NOT TO MENTION GENEROSITY. SHE SAID THAT ANYONE CAN TAKE THINGS FROM YOU BUT NO ONE CAN EVER REPLACE YOU. SHE SAID THIS MAY NOT BE MY DREAM KIT, BUT IT IS ENOUGH FOR ME TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD. AND THE REST IS HISTORY AND THE FUTURE.

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IRLS GONE GREEN BY LYNN HIRSHFIELD ISN’T YOUR AVERAGE “GREEN IS GOOD” BOOK. FEATURING CELEBRITY GREEN GIRLS HAYDEN PANETTIERE, ELLEN PAGE, ALICIA SILVERSTONE, AND SHAILENE WOODLEY ALONG WITH REGULAR TEENS WHO HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE, GIRLS GONE GREEN SHOWS GIRLS THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU HAVE STRONG CONVICTIONS AND PUT YOUR MIND TO CHANGING THE WORLD.

GOING GREEN ISN’T JUST ABOUT RECYCLING YOUR CANS OR BRINGING CANVAS TOTES TO THE GROCERY STORE, IT’S A LIFESTYLE AND MOVEMENT THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. FROM TRYING TO CONQUER GLOBAL WARMING, TO ENCOURAGING THE USE OF WIND POWER, TO CREATING A COSMETICS LINE WITH NO TOXIC CHEMICALS, THE GIRLS IN GIRLS GONE GREEN HAVE STEPPED UP, MADE THEIR VOICES HEARD, AND CHANGED THINGS IN THEIR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES. THESE YOUNG FEMALE ACTIVISTS HAVE EARNED PUBLIC RECOGNITION FOR THEIR WORK TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND PROVE THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

GIRLS GONE GREEN FEATURES THE FOLLOWING CELEBRITY GREEN GIRLS: ELLEN PAGE OF JUNO GIVES POINTERS ON HOSTING A PLANTING PARTY.

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ÂSHAILENE WOODLEY OF THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER GIVES TIPS TO GREEN YOUR PROM.

ÂMISCHA BARTON OF THE OC URGES TEENS TO BRING REUSABLE BAGS TO THE GROCERY STORE.

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JESSICA LOWNDES OF 90210 TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES IN LANDFILLS.

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MICHELLE BRANCH, SINGER & SONGWRITER, DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING LOCALLY. “GIRLS GONE GREEN IS OVERFLOWING WITH IDEAS THAT ANYONE CAN DO,” SAID SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD MARBLEHEAD, MA RESIDENT CASEY EHRLICH. CASEY IS THE FOUNDER OF BLANKET THE GLOBE, WHICH IS FEATURED IN CHAPTER 3 OF THE BOOK AND IS CELEBRATING ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY IN HUMBLED TO BE FEATURED WITH SO MANY TALENTED, CARING, PROACTIVE GIRLS. MY HOPE IS THAT EVERYONE WHO FLIPS THROUGH ITS RECYCLED PAPER PAGES IS INSPIRED TO GO OUT AND DO AT LEAST ONE THING TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.”

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“I’M TAKING ACTION TO HELP SAVE DOLPHINS, WHALES, AND OUR OCEAN…SO WHAT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU? I URGE YOU TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE GREEN GIRL MOVEMENT AND HELP SAVE THE PLANET,” SAID HAYDEN PANETTIERE, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE WHALEMAN FOUNDATION SAVE THE WHALES AGAIN! CAMPAIGN.

"GIRLS

GONE GREEN

SHOWS GIRLS THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU HAVE STRONG CONVICTIONS AND PUT YOUR MIND TO CHANGING THE WORLD."

GIRLS GONE GREEN WILL EMPOWER YOUNG WOMEN TO MAKE SMART CHOICES, TAKE ACTION, AND INSPIRE OTHERS TO HELP SAVE THE EARTH. AFTER ALL, IT’S UP TO YOU HOW YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND THE WORLD— AND THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO DO SO.

(PUFFIN; 9780142414064; AVAILABLE NOW; $11.99)

ALICIA SILVERSTONE, ACTRESS, AUTHOR AND FOOD ACTIVIST, SUGGESTS GOING VEGETARIAN TO SAVE THE PLANET.

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ATT LANTER FIRST GAINED THE ATTENTION OF FANS WHEN HE WAS SELECTED AS A CONTESTANT IN THE 2004 REALITY TELEVISION SERIES, MANHUNT. IT DIDN’T TAKE TOO LONG BEFORE CRITICS STARTED NOTICING MATT. HE STARTED LANDING GUEST ROLES ON 8 SIMPLE RULES, HBO’S BIG LOVE,AND POINT PLEASANT, AS WELL AS SOME MODELING JOBS AND NATIONAL COMMERCIALS IN THE COUNTRY. MATT’S BIG BREAK CAME ALONG WHEN HE STARRED AS HORACE CALLOWAY, THE JOHN F. KENNEDY-LIKE FIRST SON ON THE SHORT LIVED ABC POLITICAL SERIES, COMMANDER IN CHIEF IN 2005. MORE RECENTLY, HE IS PLAYING LIAM ON 90210, A CHARACTER WHOSE STORYLINE IS ENTANGLED WITH ANNALYNNE MCCORD’S CHARACTER, NAOMI. MATT AND HIS VERY HUMBLING PERSONALITY ALLOWS FOR CH TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL IN BETWEEN HIM WORKING ON HIS CURRENT SET AND HIS VERY BUSY SCHEDULE.

CH: WAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL LIFE ANYTHING LIKE 90210? ML: NO, I DEFINITELY WAS NOT CRUISING AROUND ON YACHTS AND SPENDING MY TIME AT BEACH PARTIES. CH: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ON SUCH AN ICONIC SHOW? ML: IT’S A LOT OF FUN. EVERYONE

CH: YOU HAVE APPEARED IN A LOT OF SHOWS. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SET YOU WORKED ON SO FAR AND WHY? ML: I’M REALLY HAVING FUN ON 90210 FOR SOME OF THE SAID REASONS. THE CAST, BEACH DAYS, AND THE SHOW’S BUZZ, ALL OF THAT PROBABLY MAKES IT ONE OF MY TOP PICKS. CH: IF YOU HAD ONE ACTOR OR ACTRESS YOU COULD CHOSE TO WORK WITH IN THE WORLD WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? ML: DANIEL DAY LEWIS. HE’S AN INCREDIBLE ACTOR AND SOMEONE WHO COMPLETELY TRANSFORMS INTO A CHARACTER. CH: YOU GREW UP LOVING SPORTS. WHAT TRANSITIONED YOUR LOVE FOR SPORTS TO LOVE FOR ACTING? ML: WELL IT’S NOT LIKE I EVER LOST MY LOVE OF SPORTS, BUT I DID SOME BACKGROUND WORK ON A FILM IN ATLANTA YEARS AGO AND THOUGHT IT WAS THE ABSOLUTE COOLEST THING EVER. I DECIDED RIGHT THERE THAT I WANTED TO TRY AND MAKE IT A CAREER.

CH: WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? ML: HOPEFULLY WORKING! I JUST TRY TO TAKE THINGS DAY BY DAY.

IS FAMILIAR WITH THE SHOW OR AT LEAST THE 90210 BRAND, SO IT’S FUN TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE AT LEAST KNOWS ABOUT.

CH: DO YOU HAVE ANY CELEBRITY CRUSHES? ML: I DIG JULIANNE HOUGH!

CH: HOW IS IT WORKING WITH ANNA MCCORD? ML: SHE’S A BLAST! THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES MY JOB SO COOL IS HANGING WITH A FUN CAST ON SET. WE HAVE LONG HOURS SO IT SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE WE’RE ACTUALLY BACK IN SCHOOL. IT IS JUST A 13-HOUR SCHOOL DAY!

CH: WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL? ML: I PLAYED A LOT OF SPORTS SO MOST OF MY FRIENDS WERE MADE THROUGH SPORTS. I ACTUALLY HAD A’S AND B’S AND FOR THE MOST PART STAYED OUT OF TROUBLE AT SCHOOL. I GUESS I DIDN’T REALLY HAVE TIME OUTSIDE OF SPORTS TO ACTUALLY GET IN TROUBLE.

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MATT LANTER TELLS IT HOW IT IS

CH: WHICH CHARACTER ON 90210 CAN YOU MOST RELATE TO IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE? ML: LIAM. I THINK EVERYONE CAN IN SOME WAYS. HE IS A GOOD GUY, BUT HAS ISSUES AND THINGS HE STRUGGLES WITH LIKE WE ALL DO. UNDERNEATH IT ALL HE HAS A GOOD HEART AND WANTS TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

CH: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN STAR STRUCK? ML: I KIND OF FEEL LIKE I DON’T GET STAR STRUCK. MAYBE IF I SAW ROBERT DOWNEY JR OR MERYL STREEP OR SOMEONE LIKE THAT I MIGHT BE.

CH: THIS MONTH IS OUR PROM ISSUE. HOW WAS YOUR PROM EXPERIENCE? ANYTHING MEMORABLE ON PROM NIGHT? ML: NOTHING TOO CRAZY. THE BEST MEMORIES FROM MY PROMS ARE JUST SPENDING IT WITH FRIENDS, GETTING ALL DRESSED UP, THE LIMOUSINES, THE GIRLS LOOKIN’ HOT….ALL OF THAT STUFF COMBINED IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. CH: MATT YOU STARTED AS A MODEL. WHICH DO YOU LIKE MORE MODELING OR ACTING? ML: ACTING. I DIDN’T REALLY DO THAT MUCH MODELING. I THINK I’VE HAD A COUPLE MODELING JOBS. I’M BETTER SUITED FOR ACTING ANYWAY. CH: WHAT DID YOU STUDY IN COLLEGE? ML: I WAS STUDYING FOR SPORTS BUSINESS.

CH: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A TEEN TRYING TO BE AN ACTOR OR MODEL? ML: YOU MUST BE WILLING TO WORK HARD AND SACRIFICE “PLAY TIME.” DON’T GIVE UP BECAUSE IT CERTAINLY ISN’T EASY. CH: WAS THERE EVER A POINT IN YOUR CAREER WHEN YOU WANTED TO GIVE UP? ML: THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A POINT WHERE I ACTUALLY WANTED TO GIVE UP, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WERE I HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED AND DISCOURAGED.

CH: YOU ARE ORIGINALLY FROM OHIO, MOVED TO ATLANTA THEN MOVED TO LA. MOST PEOPLE WHO PURSUE ACTING DON’T MAKE IT. WHAT DO YOU THINK SET YOU APART TO BECOMING THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE? ML: HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION PLAYS A BIG ROLE. I’M ALSO VERY BLESSED AND LUCKY TO BE IN THE POSITION I AM RIGHT NOW.

CH: HAVE YOU HAD ANY CRAZY FAN MOMENTS YOU CAN SHARE? ML: I DID GET BOMBARDED BY A GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE TEAM AT A HOTEL IN TEXAS. I KNOW, RANDOM!

CH: WHICH DO YOU PREFER OHIO, ATLANTA OR LOS ANGELES? ML: THERE IS PROS AND CONS FOR ALL OF THEM! WEATHER IN LA IS GREAT, THE BEACHES ARE FUN AND THERE’S PLENTY TO DO. GEORGIA AND OHIO HAVE TREES AND GRASS AND FAMILY AND MEMORIES!

CH: ARE THERE ANY UPCOMING ROLES YOU ARE WORKING ON THAT YOU CAN GIVE US THE INSIDE SCOOP ON? ML: I’M ACTUALLY ON SET AS WE SPEAK SHOOTING A FILM IN LOUISIANA, BUT UNFORTUNATELY I CAN’T GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION OR THEY WILL WRING MY NECK! SOON ENOUGH!

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ITH PROM JUST AROUND THE CORNER, FIGURING OUT HOW

TO PICK THE PERFECT PROM DRESS MAY SEEM LIKE A FUN BUT SCARY MISSION.

THERE ARE VERY FEW TIMES IN

YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU GET TO WEAR A TRULY GLAMOROUS,

JAW-DROPPING DRESS SO YOU WANT TO MAKE THIS

COUNT; BUT HOW DO YOU TELL IF THE DRESS YOU’VE HAD YOUR EYE ON WILL LOOK

AS GOOD ON YOU AS ON THE RACK? HOW DO YOU COPY THAT HOT CELEBRITY LOOK YOU SAW ON THE RED CARPET?

HOW DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT TO PICK? CHECK OUT THESE TIPS FROM CELEBRITY HIGH TO MAKE SURE YOU GET IT RIGHT!

KEEP TRACK OF THE TIME - TIMING IS CRUCIAL IN PROM DRESS SELECTION. YOU WANT TO START LOOKING EARLY ENOUGH TO HUNT FOR WHAT YOU WANT BUT BE CAREFUL; BEFORE A BIG EVENT YOU CAN EASILY GAIN OR LOSE WEIGHT. BOYFRIEND TROUBLES, STRESS, SEASONAL CHANGES AND EVEN NORMAL GROWTH PATTERNS CAN EASILY CAUSE YOU TO BE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT SIZE IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

TIME YOUR PURCHASE AROUND 4-6 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOST FORMAL GOWNS REQUIRE ALTERATIONS FOR A PERFECT FIT SO YOU WILL WANT TO ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO HAVE THESE DONE. A WEEK BEFORE YOUR PROM PLAN TO TRY ON YOUR DRESS WITH YOUR SHOES, JEWELRY, MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLE TO BE SURE YOU LIKE THE FINISHED LOOK AND HAVE THE CORRECT FIT. THIS WILL LEAVE YOU ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE ANY NEEDED ADJUSTMENTS. PROM.

KEEP IT COMFY- THERE IS NOTHING MORE MISERABLE THAN BEING OUT WHEN YOU TRY ON POTENTIAL DRESSES DON’T FORGET TO MOVE AROUND; TESTING FOR FLEXIBILITY AND MOVEMENT. IF THE DRESS WON’T MOVE WHEN YOU TRY ON IT WON’T GET BETTER LATER. PICK A DRESS THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO WALK, DANCE, SIT DOWN, MOVE AND PARTY ALL NIGHT. COMFORT IS DOUBLY IMPORTANT FOR SHOES. CHOOSE YOUR SHOES SEVERAL WEEKS EARLIER AND WEAR THEM IN AT HOME. IF YOU DO THIS SEVERAL WEEKS EARLY AND DISCOVER THEY’RE STILL NOT COMFORTABLE YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO SCRAP THEM AND GET A NEW PAIR. THERE’S NOTHING WORSE THAN BLISTERS ON THE NIGHT FROM NEW SHOES SCRAPING YOUR FEET TO SHREDS! IT DAMPENS THE

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“The best thing you can dress yourself in is a determination to have a good time no matter what. “ FUN, THE ENERGY AND EVEN THE ROMANCE. KNOW YOUR TYPE - BODY TYPE IS AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION WHEN SHOPPING FOR A PROM DRESS. IN FACT SOME MIGHT SAY THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION. YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO SELECT A DRESS THAT MATCHES YOUR BODY TYPE. DON’T PICK A DRESS JUST BECAUSE IT LOOKS GOOD ON THE MODEL. WHY? YOU PROBABLY HAVE A DIFFERENT BODY TYPE THAN SHE DOES. YOU SHOULD CHOOSE A GOWN THAT WILL PLAY UP YOUR BEST FEATURES.

CONSIDER YOUR BODY. IT IS CURVY? AN HOURGLASS SHAPE OFTEN (CHARACTERIZED BY A LARGE BUST, SMALL WASTE AND CURVY HIPS) IS ONE COMMON BODY TYPE. MAYBE IT’S BOYISH (STRAIGHTER WAIST, NARROW HIPS AND SMALLER BUST). ARE YOU ROUND ALL OVER? PERHAPS YOU ARE PEAR SHAPED (LARGER ON THE BOTTOM THAN ON THE TOP). TAKE A MINUTE TO CHECK OUT YOUR BODY AND DECIDE ON THE SHAPE. THEN YOU CAN CHOOSE A DRESS THAT WILL FLATTER IT. DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO UP A SIZE, PROM DRESSES OFTEN RUN AT LEAST ONE SIZE SMALLER ( JUST LIKE WEDDING GOWNS). TRY ON LOTS OF DIFFERENT STYLES OF DRESSES. YOU MIGHT LOVE A DRESS YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU’D WEAR. SOME SIMPLE TIPS TO REMEMBER ARE: ˜ ˜

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IF YOU ARE WEARING A STRAPLESS OR SPAGHETTI STRAP DRESS, THEN OPT FOR A STRAPLESS OR BANDEAU BRA. LOOK FOR ONE WITH BONING IN THE CUP TO SUPPORT YOUR BREASTS AND HELP KEEP IT FROM FALLING DOWN TO YOUR WAIST. ANOTHER THING THAT MAY BE HELPFUL IF TO BUY SOME DOUBLE-SIDED ADHESIVE TAPE THAT CAN HELP KEEP YOUR BRA AND YOUR DRESS IN PLACE. A BACKLESS BRA MAY BE MORE DIFFICULT. YOU WILL NEED A STRAPLESS, BANDLESS BRA. YOU MAY ALSO BE ABLE TO GET A BRA EXTENDER STRAP THAT YOU CAN ATTACH TO YOUR OWN BRA AND WRAP AROUND YOUR WAIST (IF YOUR DRESS IS NOT COMPLETELY BACKLESS.) WHICHEVER ROUTE YOU CHOOSE, TRY IT OUT BEFORE THE NIGHT. ANY OF THESE OPTIONS ARE OFTEN UNCOMFORTABLE ESPECIALLY THE FIRST TIME. MAKE SURE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WEAR IT FOR AT LEAST A FEW HOURS. A HALTER STYLE DRESS WILL REQUIRE A HALTER BRA. THESE ARE VERY EASY TO FIND AND MAY BE THE MOST COMFORTABLE OUT OF THE ONES MENTIONED ABOVE. LOOK FOR A BRA WITH ADJUSTABLE STRAPS THAT WILL EXTEND AROUND YOUR NECK, LEAVING YOUR SHOULDERS BARE. TO MINIMIZE BUMPS AND BULGES; THERE ARE MIRACLE WORKERS OUT THERE NOW THAT

MOST WOULD BE STRAPLESS DRESSES AND DRESSES WITH A CINCHED WAIST

SUIT WHATEVER YOU MAY BE WEARING. SPANX AND BODY WRAP ARE TWO GREAT BRANDS

AND SHORTER HEM. TRIANGLE-(SMALL

TO LOOK FOR.

CAN HELP MINIMIZE CERTAIN ASSETS OR SIMPLY CREATE A SMOOTHER LOOK UNDERNEATH YOUR DRESS. LOOK AT YOUR LOCAL LINGERIE STORE OR DEPARTMENT STORE FOR SHAPEWEAR SUCH AS WAIST CINCHERS OR THIGH SLIMMERS.

THEY HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF STYLES TO

ON TOP AND HEAVIER BOTTOM).

GO FOR A LONGER BODICE WITH FULL SKIRTS TO CAMOUFLAGE THE HIP AREA. LOOK FOR CINCHED WAISTS AND CAP SLEEVES TO CREATE A MORE BALANCED LOOK. INVERTED TRIANGLE- (FULLER ON TOP)- SEARCH FOR DRESSES WITH VERY SIMPLE NECKLINES, NO RUFFLES, BOWS OR ROUCHING ON TOP THAT WILL ONLY DRAW ATTENTION TO THAT AREA. CREATE BALANCE WITH A FULLER SKIRT. THIN AND NO CURVES- (SLENDER)- CREATE CURVES WITH A BUBBLE HEM OR A-LINE DRESS. LOOK FOR DETAIL ON TOP, WHICH WILL GIVE THE ILLUSION OF SOMETHING MORE. YOU CAN ALSO PLAY UP YOUR ATTRIBUTES WITH A FLOOR-LENGTH BALL GOWN. FEEL FREE TO WEAR PATTERNS AND TO CHOOSE WHATEVER COLOR SUITS YOU BEST. SHORT- SHORTER HEMLINES ARE THE BEST. LOOK FOR MID-CALF OR MIDKNEE DRESSES THAT WON’T OVERTAKE YOUR SMALL FRAME. SMALL DETAIL

YOU’RE NOT IN IT ALONE – DON’T GO SHOPPING ALONE. ALLOW YOURSELF LOTS OF WINDOW SHOPPING TRIPS WHERE YOU CAN TRY ON. BRING OTHERS WITH YOU, BUT MAKE SURE YOU BRING PEOPLE YOU REALLY TRUST TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. LEAVE THE HATERS AT HOME BUT THE “YES” PEOPLE AREN’T REALLY HELPFUL EITHER. YOU WANT

AND SOLID COLORS ARE BEST SO EVERYONE SEES YOU AND NOT JUST THE

SOMEONE YOU WILL TRUTHFULLY TELL YOU WHAT MAKES YOU LOOK AMAZING AND WHAT

DRESS.

SHOULD STAY ON THE HANGER.

GET IT RIGHT UNDER THE HOOD - CHOOSING THE RIGHT BRA IS VERY IMPORTANT AND CAN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOUR DRESS WILL FIT. IF YOU ARE SMALL

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HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD LOOK INTO NIPPLE COVERS OR SILICON

PASTIES IF YOU CHOOSE TO GO WITHOUT; YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL.

FOR A FULLER FIGURE, TRY AN EMPIRE WAIST AND A SHORTER HEM. AN EMPIRE WAIST WILL GIVE YOU A LONG LEAN SILHOUETTE. HOURGLASS OR PEAR SHAPE- (SMALL WAIST, FULL HIPS AND BUST). YOU CAN LOOK GREAT IN MOST DRESSES OUT THERE. DRESSES TO FLATTER YOU

STILL IN DOUBT? A SLEEVELESS SHEATH DRESS THAT HITS JUST AT OR BELOW THE KNEE SHOULD COMPLEMENT ANY FIGURE.

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BUSTED YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITHOUT WEARING A BRA IF YOUR DRESS IS NOT SHEER OR LIGHT IN COLOR.

GET CELEBRITY STYLE – CHECK

OUT FASHION MAGAZINES AND RED CARPET

FOOTAGE FOR THE LATEST TRENDS IN FORMAL WEAR, BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SPEND A LOT TO LOOK GREAT ON PROM NIGHT!

BEING MORE EXPENSIVE DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN

BETTER, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A BUDGET TO MEET. TRY ONLINE PROM DRESS STORES THAT OFFER SURPRISINGLY AFFORDABLE PROM DRESSES OR AUCTION SITE EBAY.

YOU CAN

ALSO START LOOKING FOR YOUR DRESS AT LOCAL THRIFT STORES TO FIND REALLY EXPENSIVE DRESSES MARKED DOWN TO ALMOST NOTHING (OFTEN THIS IS WHERE LAST YEAR’S DRESSES END UP.

OUTLET MALLS ARE ALSO A GREAT PLACE TO FIND INEXPENSIVE PROM DRESSES.

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF - IN THE END ALL OF THE BEST LAID OUT PLANS SOMETIMES FALL VICTIM TO DISASTER. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DRESS YOURSELF IN IS A DETERMINATION TO HAVE A GOOD TIME NO MATTER WHAT. ENTER THE PROM WITH A POSITIVE, HAPPY ATTITUDE, READY TO ENJOY THE NIGHT AND BE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES. THIS NIGHT WILL ONLY HAPPEN ONCE, ITS YOURS TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT.


PROM NIGHT by Crystal Anderson

Planning to get my hair, Curled, pressed or braids, Perfection in my dress, A color to match my date Makeup at the Mac, Or a video - I could learn Working on my entrance, And the “Is that really her?” Now the perfect shoes, Sparkles is all I see; Just the right diamonds, To offset my feet. On chance for romance, Last chance to say goodbyeFarewell to all my classmatesTo four years of our lives.

A NEW LIFE, A NEW GRADE by Desiree Hayes

In the distance, I can see the light. A couple months left, Then I begin life. No more highschool drama, It’s all too real from this point on I’m going to be leaving my parents, There’s no turning back, once it is done. No more free books, Hundreds will go to those, No more skipping school, It’s on me if I don’t go. A lot longer classes, Lots of knowledge I can attain, Pulling long nights, And breaking in my brain. I cant wait. This is what we’ve waited for! I hope it’s not too hard, And I get less then more. Yes, it will be a struggle, But there’s nothing I cant do Welcome to my life, Class of 2010, this is all you!

ALL DRESS PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY CARRAZ GOWNS.” WWW.CARRAZGOWNS.COM

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UNNING AROUND 10 MILES THREE TIMES A WEEK, STUDENT RUN L.A. (SRLA) IS ONE OF THE MOST PHYSICALLY ACTIVE ORGANIZATIONS ON KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL’S CAMPUS. SRLA RUNS LONG DISTANCE, MEANING MORE THAN 6 MILES EVERY TIME THEY RUN. IT’S EASY TO SAY THAT STUDENTS WHO RUN WITH SRLA ARE IN SHAPE, SO I DECIDED TO PUT MYSELF TO THE TEST AND SPEND 14 DAYS DOING WHAT SRLA DOES.

SRLA HAS RUNNING PRACTICE OF TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS AFTER SCHOOL. DUE TO THE FACT THAT I HAVE COLLEGE CLASSES ON THOSE DAYS, I CHOSE TO RUN THE DISTANCE ON WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. I FIGURED IT MIGHT BE BEST IF I EXERCISED TO PREPARE MYSELF BEFORE I BEGAN MY 14 DAYS. MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT RUNNING IN OVER FOUR YEARS WASN’T TOO SUCCESSFUL; I RAN ABOUT TWO BLOCKS AND I DECIDED TO STOP FOR ICE CREAM (I KNOW, IT’S TERRIBLE). MY NEXT ATTEMPT WAS TO RUN TWO MILES, WHICH I DID, IN FACT, COMPLETE (ALTHOUGH MORE WALKING WAS INVOLVED THAN RUNNING). AFTER, I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, “THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH PRACTICE RIGHT?” OF COURSE, I WAS GREATLY MISTAKEN…

Day 1: I RAN A MILE! WITHOUT STOPPING FOR ICE CREAM!!

Day 2-3: I MAY NEED TO RECUPERATE, I FEEL OH SO LAZY.

MY DECISION. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW… RUNNING UP WOODLEY IS LIKE AN ARDUOUS TREK THAT IS NEVER ENDING. AND I COULDN’T EVEN DO IT! I HAD TO WALK UP THE HILL AND TAKE A BREAK HALF WAY THROUGH…THEN ANOTHER BREAK AFTER A FEW MORE STEPS.

Day 4: I TRIED TO RUN THE TWO MILES AGAIN, Day 12: TODAY I STARTED RUNNING A LITTLE BIT BUT IT GOT TO BE LATE AND VERY WINDY. I ALSO LEARNED THAT IF YOU DRINK TOO MUCH WATER BEFORE YOU RUN, YOU MAY GET EXTREME RUNNING CRAMPAGE.

Day 5-6: I’VE TAKEN THESE DAYS TO REST

BECAUSE IT’S FREEZING (YES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES). I’M SLEEPY AND I CAN’T SEEM TO EAT HEALTHY AND DRINK MORE WATER LIKE I SHOULD BE DOING. ON THE PLUS SIDE, RUNNING IS GETTING A BIT EASIER AND NEXT TIME I’M GOING TO TRY FOR TWO MILES.

Day 7: RUNNING IS GETTING EASIER, BUT I CAN

STILL ONLY DO A MILE. LUCKILY, THIS TIME, I DIDN’T GET ANY CRAMPS BECAUSE I LEARNED IT’S BEST NOT TO DRINK WATER WHILE YOU RUN.

Day 8: I RAN TWO MILES TODAY!! I TURNED PINK AND WANTED TO COLLAPSE, BUT I DID IT! AS YOU MAY ASSUME, IT’S QUITE A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR ME.

Day 9: BREAK TIME. THE FIRST COUPLE TIMES I RAN TIME

I WASN’T SORE AT ALL, BUT NOW I FEEL IT EVERY I TAKE A STEP.

Day 10: IT’S THANKSGIVING! SO I’M TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM AND SPENDING ALL DAY EATING.

Day 11: I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE TIME TO TRY THE

WOODLEY HILL THAT SRLA RUNS ON A REGULAR BASIS. AFTER RUNNING TWO MILES, I FOUND MYSELF ALREADY EXHAUSTED, STARING UP THE HORRIFICALLY STEEP LOOKING HILL WONDERING IF I’D LATER BE REGRETTING

LATE. NOT ONLY IS IT FREEZING, BUT DESPITE THE FACT THAT I BROUGHT A FLASH LIGHT WITH ME, I TRIPPED OFF THE CURB AND HURT MY ANKLE. NEXT THING I KNOW, MY BOYFRIEND AND I ARE GREETED BY A PLAYFUL DOG IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET. FOR THE NEXT 10 MINUTES WE LOOKED FOR THE DOG’S HOUSE FOR FEAR IT MIGHT GET HIT BY A CAR OR SNATCHED BY COYOTES. AFTER FINDING HIS HOME WE DECIDED TO STOP RUNNING BECAUSE IT WAS ALREADY 9 O’CLOCK.

Day 13: RUNNING HAS BECOME A NORMAL

PATTERN FOR ME NOW AND I’M NOT EVEN DREADING IT ANYMORE. ALTHOUGH I STILL STUMBLE OVER CRACKS ON SIDEWALKS EVERY TIME I RUN, IT’S ACTUALLY A LOT OF FUN AND I LOVE THE ENDORPHIN HIGH YOU GET AFTERWARD.

Day 14: THIS FINAL DAY OF RUNNING I’M USING TO CHILLAX. I NEVER THOUGHT I’D BE ABLE TO SAY THAT WITHIN TWO WEEKS I WORKED MYSELF UP TO RUN 3 MILES.

AFTER ALL THE EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THAT I DID WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS I CAN HONESTLY SAY I DID ENJOY RUNNING. IT’S SOMEWHAT OF AN ADDICTION THAT ISN’T BAD FOR YOU. MANY PEOPLE PROBABLY THINK RUNNING IS SO EASY AND NOT EVEN WORTH THE SPACE IN THIS NEWSPAPER, BUT THEY NEED TO LEARN TO SHOW SOME RESPECT TO THE KENNEDY STUDENTS IN SRLA WHO ARE TRULY ATHLETES AND CAN RUN OVER 20 MILES WHEN IT’S MARATHON TIME.

Diary of a Mad Marathon Runner by Sally Jean White

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HEN THE PLAYERS ON THE LOS OF THE WNBA BEGIN TRAINING IN APRIL FOR WHAT PROMISES TO BE A WINNING SEASON, OVER 100 YOUNG WOMEN IN LOS ANGELES WILL JOIN THEM IN A NEW FITNESS PROGRAM TO GET READY FOR PROM NIGHT. THE LA SPARKS’ AND THE SOUND BODY SOUND MIND FOUNDATION’S FIRST ANNUAL GET FIT FOR PROM PROGRAM KICKS OFF THE WEEK OF APRIL 26TH. THE PROGRAM WILL END ON FRIDAY, MAY 28TH, WHEN THE SPARKS PLAY THE WASHINGTON MYSTICS AT THE STAPLES CENTER.

ANGELES SPARKS

FOR PARTICIPATING BEYOND THE BELL SCHOOLS, PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN A MODIFIED VERSION OF THE LA SPARKS’ TRAINING CAMP WORKOUT. IF THEY COMPLETE THE WORKOUT THREE TIMES PER WEEK BETWEEN APRIL 26TH AND MAY 28TH, THEY WILL RECEIVE TWO FREE TICKETS TO THE SPARKS’ OPENING NIGHT. A SELECT NUMBER OF YOUNG WOMEN WILL RECEIVE RECOGNITION ON THE COURT ON GAME NIGHT! EVERY YOUNG WOMAN THAT PARTICIPATES WILL ALSO INVITE A SPECIAL WOMEN IN THEIR LIVES - MOM, AUNTY, COACH, TEACHER OR MENTOR – TO JOIN THE FUN. TOGETHER THEY WILL PRACTICE THE LA SPARKS’ GET FIT FOR PROM WORKOUT.

AT GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, STUDENTS IN SOUND BODY SOUND MIND’S FITNESS PROGRAM ARE ALREADY GETTING PREPPED. “DO YOU WANNA GET FIT FOR PROM?” MARIANA C. YELLS OUT TO HER FRIEND, YADIRA V. “HECK, YEAH!” SHE RESPONDS. YADIRA’S STORY IS TYPICAL. “I’VE ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH MY WEIGHT. MY FRIEND MARY TOLD ME, “LET’S DO THIS AFTERSCHOOL.” SO I CAME. I USED TO BE 190. L AST TIME I GOT WEIGHED IN I WAS 174. IMAGINE WHAT I CAN DO BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE!” MARIANA CONTINUES. “I WANT TO LOOK GOOD. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO WEAR A NICE DRESS.” MARY A. ADDS, “I WANT TO

FEEL CONFIDENT AND GOOD ABOUT MYSELF.” MARY S. CHIMES IN, “I NEVER THOUGHT WORKING OUT COULD BE FUN. NOW I LOOK FORWARD TO COMING EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL. PEOPLE ARE NOTICING A CHANGE IN ME, TOO.” CRISTINA SHARES HER HOPES, “I WANT TO LOOK GOOD IN MY BEAUTIFUL DRESS. MY BLUE AND BROWN DRESS.”

KRISTIN BERNERT, PRESIDENT OF THE LA SPARKS, DECIDED TO LAUNCH THE GET FIT FOR PROM PROGRAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH SOUND BODY SOUND MIND BECAUSE OF THE TEAM’S OVERALL COMMITMENT TO CREATING A “FIT” LOS ANGELES. “OUR TRAINING CAMP JUST SO HAPPENS TO COINCIDE WITH THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO HIGH SCHOOL PROMS,” SAID BERNERT. “HOPEFULLY, OUR PROGRAM AND THE EXTRA INCENTIVES WILL INSPIRE THESE YOUNG LADIES TO LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST ON PROM NIGHT. WE WOULD ALSO LOVE TO SEE THEM CONTINUE WITH THEIR WORKOUTS AFTER THAT, SINCE RESEARCH SHOWS THAT REGULAR WORKOUTS HELP STUDENTS FOCUS IN THE CLASSROOM, ALONG THE OBVIOUS HEALTH BENEFITS.”

SPARKS ATHLETIC TRAINER COURTNEY WATSON DEVELOPED THE SPARKS TRAINING CAMP WORKOUTS AND HAS PERFECT ADVICE FOR GIRLS WHO WANT TO GET FIT FOR PROM. “AS

WITH ANY GOAL, THE KEY TO SUCCESS WILL BE THE COMMITMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL TRYING TO REACH IT,” SAID WATSON. “HOWEVER, I STRONGLY CAUTION AGAINST TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH AT ONCE. EASE INTO THE PROGRAM AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A ‘BUDDY’ THAT YOU WORK OUT WITH WHO CAN MOTIVATE YOU BUT ALSO MAKE SURE THAT YOU WORK OUT SAFELY.”

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