Moms and Daughters Share Mass, Luncheon


Strutting their stuff down the catwalk, senior Emily Licata and sister Anne Marie, sophomore, are all smiles with their mother Mrs. Liz Licata (’83) at the Mother/Daughter Style Show on Nov. 12.

Modeling a beloved DHS tradition, DHS moms and students took to time for a special day together at the Mother/Daughter Mass, Luncheon and Style on Nov. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Nearly 40 students and their moms donned the hottest fashion and walked the catwalk to the delight of more than 725 members of the DHS community in attendance.

The event was made possible with the support from the sponsors, which included Dillard’s, Clinique, local businesses and artists, according to Mrs. Marcelle Perez and Mrs. Tiffany Cazabon, event organizers.

This annual event included a beautiful Mass, delicious lunch and fun style show. For some this was a first and others a last. Regardless, the everlasting traditions of the event continued with many stylish outfits and of course, selfies with mom.


But first, let’s take a selfie- While enjoying their day together at the Mother Daughter Luncheon, sophomore Ella Melnyk and her mother take a selfie to remember the moment.

For their final time, seniors Camille and Ellie Rozas and their mother Mrs. Lollie Rozas struck a pose on the runway while flashing a radiant smile.“I really enjoyed participating in the style show,” said Camille, who wore a black and gold taupe gown. “It was so much fun to get dressed up, walk the runway and spend the day out with friends and family.” Ellie, who modeled a long, blue dress which reminded her of Cinderella, added that she “loved walking out to the Rocky theme song because it is my all-time favorite.”

Eighth grader Mary Parker Whisnant and her mother Mrs. Brandy Whisnant experienced the Mother/Daughter-Mass/Luncheon/Style Show for the first time. They loved each part of the event and said they will be back next year.

“It was nice to spend time with my mom when we could just talk and have fun, rather than worrying about our busy schedules,” said Whisnant.


Like Mother like Daughter – In true model behavior, senior Tierni Savoie and her mom strike a pose at the end of the runway.

Senior Anya Montgomery and her mother, Ms. Anjel Guitroz, agreed that this last Mother/Daughter Luncheon was very special. When Montgomery modeled down the runway in her formal skirt, stylish shirt and lace cape, she couldn’t help but think how lucky she was to have her mother by her side. “There is nothing better than just being together with my mom,” said Montgomery. “She means the world to me!”

Ms. Guitroz, DHS science teacher, described the event as “bittersweet” since it was another last from her daughter’s senior year. “Anya and I have attended the event every year,” said Ms. Guitroz. “It was so much fun because of our participation in the style show, but being with my daughter was definitely my favorite part.”

The special love a mother and daughter share influenced the Mass. Father John Restrepo focused the central theme of the Mass on love, prayer and persistence. He focused the prayers of the faithful on giving thanks, especially for loved ones.

– Morgan Forshag