The Grant Career Center cosmetology students recently participated in a local SkillsUSA contest to earn a spot on the team competing at regional competition in early March. The students were competing for the opportunity to represent Grant in the SkillsUSA Cosmetology contest where they will showcase their skills in haircutting and styling.
Five junior and senior students participated in the competition that included a written test and a technical haircut and style on a mannequin. The participants received an instruction sheet with the representation of a cut and style that they were to interpret and to recreate in a given amount of time. The students also demonstrated three types of curls in a wet set and styled it into an up-do or evening style.
The styles were graded and the cut was checked for accuracy by guest judges Cassie VanFleet and Rikki Merrick, Grant Career Center cosmetology graduate s who are currently working as stylists at local Great Clips salons.
First place honors and a spot on the regional competition team were won by Sierra Durham, a junior from Williamsburg High School. Sierra plans on working in a salon while continuing her education in theatrical makeup. Sierra said of her win, “I was proud that I excelled in the competition and showcased my skills. I was surprised that I won as a junior and will do my best to represent our program in the competition.” Sierra is preparing for the March 9th competition by completing haircuts with instructor Mrs. Lori Messner and searching for the perfect up-do style to showcase her skills.
Second place honors were awarded to senior Courtney Poe (Bethel-Tate), while third place honors were earned by senior Amber Buckley (New Richmond).
All students found the contest experience to be a valuable learning experience. Senior instructor Mrs. Sue Goodman said that many of the students felt that participating in the contest helped to prepare them for the nerves they experience at the State Board exam. “This contest helps them to face the “fear factor” that working under pressure brings.”
Senior Kaitlin Pangallo said that the contest was a great outlet for her creativity. “The contest gave me a big range of ideas for styles that I could use with clients and friends throughout my career. I had lots of fun and am glad that I participated.”