Westlake’s Historic Fascinators

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Westlake High School students creatively displayed their knowledge of Ohio history in a fascinator contest held in partnership with Westlake World Partners.

Fascinators are headpieces designed to be attached to the hair in lieu of a hat. They are traditionally won by women and paired with formal wear, and can include feathers, silk and tulle.

Beth Noren’s Honors American History class accepted the challenge and created fascinators using images that reflected Ohio’s identity, including the state bird, state flower and the buckeye. Some students also incorporated the number 17 into their designs to reflect that Ohio was the 17th state to enter the Union.

Students had six weeks to complete their fascinators, which will be worn the night of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, celebrated among Irish communities around the world. Westlake World Partners will host its annual Rose of Tralee competition on April 24. The winning Rose will take some of the fascinators with her to the festival in Ireland.

Judging was based on originality, reflecting the region in an artistic way and functionality. Winning first place and a $50 Amazon gift card was sophomore Autumn Custer. Sophomores Emily Simon and Nicole Davis won second place and a $25 Amazon gift card.

The contest was coordinated by Colleen Mudore, Westlake Schools’ International Baccalaureate Coordinator for the Primary Years Program at Dover Elementary and Holly Lane Elementary schools; Denis McConville from Westlake World Partners; Noren; and artist Amanda Pasenow. Pasenow came into the classroom to teach students how to create with tape and donated all of the supplies for the fascinators, as well as gift cards for the winners.


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