The members of the SWTJC Cosmetology team are: (left to right) Erika Saldivar, Angela Luna, Amanda Olivarez, Selina Tovar and Ursula De La O.
SWTJC student Amanda Olivarez was awarded the silver medal in nail care, while Selina Tovar of Crystal City was named a top ten finalists in Cosmetology and Erika Saldivar of Allende, Coahuila was also named a top ten finalist in esthetics at the SkillsUSA National Championships held June 23-27 in Kansas City, MO.
Olivarez was one of more than 6,000 top career and technical education students, all state winners, who competed hands-on in 99 different trade and technical leadership fields.
According to Barbara Compton, coordinator of the SWTJC Cosmetology Program, the nail care competition consisted of the students performing a nail wrap and sculpture nail application, a pedicure, a written exam and an oral presentation on the benefits of natural nail care and nail art design.
“We are very proud of Amanda’s accomplishments,” Compton said. “She did an excellent job and I wish her the best in her career.”
Olivarez began her training in the Uvalde High School cosmetology program and graduated from UHS this past May. Another recent UHS cosmetology graduate, Dora Trevino, was Olivarez’s nail model at the national championships.
Also attending the competition were instructors Cheryl Hammer and Emma Martinez along with students Ursula De La O of Eagle Pass and Angela Luna of Uvalde. De La O was Saldivar’s model in the esthetics competition and Luna represented SWTJC as a state delegate for Texas.
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure that the U.S. has a skilled workforce. Nationwide, more than 300,000 students and instructors are members.
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