School Uniforms

School Uniforms

By Brady Reynolds and Sierra Cochran.
Freshmen Kimberley Winter and Katie Williams, two of Dr. Karen Curtis’ Fashion Design students, recently won Woodgrove’s first school uniform design contest. Winter was the winner for designing the best female uniform, while Williams created the winning design for the male uniform.
Dr. Curtis’ Fashion Design and Merchandising class designed the school uniforms as both a project and an experiment. While there is no plan to implement school uniforms at this time, Dr. Curtis had the idea to assign a project where her students would design school uniforms and have the student body vote on the winning male and female uniform design.

Fashion Design students held voting on all four lunch shifts in front of the cafeteria on Thursday, October 23. Students voted on whether or not they agreed with the concept of school uniforms, and then voted on the best male and female design. Based on the overall school votes, sixteen students voted yes to school uniforms, while sixty-nine were opposed to school uniforms. The overall winners of the voting were selection nine for the females and thirteen for the males.

“I have worn school uniforms before, and they are okay as long as they are comfortable,” said freshman Alexis Ploeger, who designed two of the sketches submitted.

The students were given stipulations regarding their designs. The designs had to have collared shirts, knee- length skirts, appropriate shorts, or slacks for the girls, and khaki or blue pants or shorts for the boys. Other rules stated that the designs should be simple, not form-fitting, and had to include the school colors of navy blue and green. The designs were also to include shoes of neutral colors.
Dr. Curtis believes uniforms could help the student become a tighter knit group. Some advocates for school uniforms say it eliminates the pressure to fit in, while some opponents say that uniforms eliminate individuality. Advocates also claim that uniforms cut down on morning preparation time and limit the stress of finding outfits.

Dr. Curtis said, “Surprisingly, about 90% of the people I have talked to have been for uniforms.”