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.
Nine junior and senior students participated in the competition that included a technical haircut and style on a mannequin.
The styles were graded and the cut was checked for accuracy by guest judge, Latosha Hogsed, a Grant Career Center cosmetology graduate who is currently working as a stylist and manager at Sport Clips in Milford.
First place honors and a spot on the regional competition team were won by Ciara Raper, a senior from Felicity-Franklin High School. Raper plans on working in a salon and continuing her education at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College where she plans on majoring in Business Management. Her goal is to one day own and operate her own salon. Raper said of her win, "I was quite surprised that I won and I am excited to represent my program at the regional competition. My goal is to reach nationals!"
Second place honors were awarded to Ashley Strunk, while third place was earned by Ashley Gast, both seniors from New Richmond High School.
All students found the contest experience to be a valuable learning experience. Junior student.
Melanie Jenkins felt it enhanced her education by allowing her to work in the professional atmosphere of the salon and to make her own decisions about the interpretation of the style.
"Working with freedom in the salon has strengthened my skills and has prepared me for next year's competition as well as daily life in the salon."