But she did not don a traditional ball gown for her special night. Instead, Barich wore a dress made out of burlap.
It all started last December when the Holy Cross Grade 12 student went shopping for a grad dress with her mother.
“I was about to buy a dress, and I thought I had it picked it out,” says Barich.
But the store was about to close and she was told to come back the next day.
Driving back home with her mom, Courtney started to have second thoughts about the $700 dress.
“I felt kind of selfish, and then my mom said you would look good in anything, even a potato sack,” she says.