SWTJC cosmetology students place high at national competition

Email this article 07/25/2013

Two SWTJC cosmetology students placed in the top ten at the Skills-USA National Competition held June 24-28 in Kansas City, MO.

Joanna Rodriguez won fifth place in the nail care competition and Sylvia Covarrubias earned sixth place honors in hairstyling. Both students received skills point proficiency certificates for finishing in the top ten in their respective competitions.

Also attending the competition were Barbara Compton, coordinator of the SWTJC cosmetology program, cosmetology instructor Emma Martinez and student Zandy Gonzalez who was a nail model.

"We are very proud of Joanna and Sylvia for their success at the national competition and we wish them the very best in their careers following graduation from our program in August," Compton said.

Rodriguez and Covarrubias qualified for the national finals by finishing in first place at the Texas Skills-USA State Conference held this past spring.

The Skills-USA National Skills Leadership and Skills Conference is held annually to showcase career and technical education students. During the conference, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students, all state winners, competed hands-on in 98 different trade and technical leadership fields.

In the nail care competition, students perform a gel application, sculpture nail application, pedicure, written exam, and an oral presentation on the benefit of natural nail care and nail art design.

The hairstyling competition consisted of students performing a long hair design, two ladies haircuts and styles, a male haircut, an oral presentation and a written exam.

Along with the various competitions, the 2013 Skills-USA Conference also provides students and instructors a great opportunity to attend various seminars on latest trends, new technology and potential career opportunities.

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