Its not every day that a student from Sharyland competes at the national level for fashion design. In fact, senior Christa Aranda is the first student from the Valley who will compete at this prestigious level.

Christas portfolio and garment will be judged at the national Family Career and Community Leaders of America convention in Chicago on July 3 through 8. This opportunity will hopefully lead to achieving her goal of receiving a scholarship to The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Christa started her spring 2010 collection during the summer of 2009, confidently predicting the upcoming fashion trends.

Im really excited, Christa said. Im happy Ive made it this far with FCCLA fashion design.

To reach the national level, she created a portfolio which includes a six piece collection, demographics, intended audience, and pricing of the basic fashion line. In addition, she sewed a sample piece, a black and white blazer.

Christa is also interested in the business side of fashion design. I can see myself doing something with fashion merchandising as opposed to being a fashion designer. This experience has helped me realize that.

With July just around the corner, Christa has an opportunity that she anticipates more each day. I cant wait for this competition, she said. I would like to thank my sponsor Ms. Norma Meza, Family &Consumer Science teacher for constantly encouraging me along the way.