Uniforms Don’t Cramp Scholar Style

August 27, 2013


By Kylie McGhee

— The ASK uniform — there is not much to it. Scholars wear polo’s every day of the school year, and only have two colors from which to choose, forest green and purple for biomedical pathway, and dark blue and burgundy for engineering scholars. Some say having a uniform takes away from individuality; others disagree. That is the age-old question, how does a scholar distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack when the rules force us to look identical?

Originality speaks volumes toward a first impression. Sophomore Xander Gossett, who was awarded ‘Best Dressed Male’ in last year’s ASK yearbook, knows this. “First impressions are everything,” he said. “Why not screw them up?”

Photo by Mario Andreatta Kayla Naclerio

Photo by Mario Andreatta
Junior Kayla Naclerio expresses her style through homemade beaded jewelry.

He approaches the school uniform with a care-free attitude. “I could care less what people think. I mean, people already think I am crazy anyway,” he said. Gossett finds old clothing and random accessories (last year he wore a gas mask to school), in the back of his closet and chooses to make them a part of his everyday attire. He keeps scholars guessing by mixing his eccentric style with vintage blazers and plaid button down shirts. His style helps him stand out as a distinctive individual at the ASK Academy.

Another example of someone who does not let the school uniform hold back her individualism is junior Kayla Naclerio. She is an exclamation point; she doesn’t let herself go unnoticed.

“You kind of have to manipulate the uniform because these don’t feel fashionable,” she said.

Manipulate she does. Naclerio uses her creativity and talent for making elaborate jewelry to express who she is. We have seen her with homemade beaded face masks, detailed necklaces, and colorful bracelets that sometimes travel the entire length of both arms. She also has various body modifications, such as snake bites, frenulum, septum, and dimple piercings. In addition to her body modifications, her hair color changes often to match her elaborate eye makeup.

“First impressions have always bugged me because you don’t know who people really are,” Naclerio said. Although likes to catch people’s eye, she doesn’t judge those who choose not to express themselves through their style.

Photo by Mario Andreatta Sophomore Xander Gossett

Photo by Mario Andreatta
Sophomore Xander Gossett said he enjoys dressing outside of societal norms.

Junior Ryan Dunning is an example of this. He has never been one to stand out using his clothing. “I don’t think I’ve ever expressed myself through how I dress, so I do not mind conforming to the uniform,” he said.

Ryan is a successful level 10 gymnast at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics, an excellent scholar, and an overall amiable person. “I feel like I can express myself through my life outside of school,” he said. For Dunning, individuality is defined the old-fashioned way, by talking to people and getting to know who they are on the inside.

While some people feel confined by the idea of a school uniform, in the end, individuality does not have to be compromised. Rather than letting a polo dictate who you are, the ASK Academy encourages expression through other means.



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3 Comments on “Uniforms Don’t Cramp Scholar Style”

  1. JD Says:



  2. Kontagious Kayla Says:

    YAY!!! thanks Kylie for interviewing me and Xanderabout our fashion styles. I really enjoy expressing myself and everyone else should too


  3. Steven Says:

    Nice article!!


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