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Seniors from John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City ate lunch at the Devon Tower restaurant as part of an etiquette class that teaches them to function in formal situations.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: November 30, 2012

Seniors from John Marshall High School had a chance to practice their manners at one of Oklahoma City's hottest new restaurants Thursday afternoon.

The senior class dined at Vast, the restaurant atop the Devon Tower, as part of a class called Senior Seminar.

The program is designed to prepare students for life, regardless of whether they go to college or the workforce, John Marshall Principal Aspasia Carlson said. Students learn about everything from budgeting to relationships to interviewing.

They also learn to navigate social settings, such as a formal, four-course meal at Vast.

“It is important that our students have these opportunities to learn the appropriate attire, manners and skills for all types of situations they may encounter,” Carlson said.

About 9 in 10 students at the school live at or near the poverty line, according to district statistics. The lunch at the restaurant was paid for by John Marshall teachers and staff, along with community groups and the school's foundation.

“The Colcord Hotel, which manages Vast, was gracious enough to offer us a special rate for this annual event,” Carlson said.