Eight Cosmetology students from NTC Pryor competed in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition, and five are advancing to State.
Northeast Technology Center’s Pryor Campus has five students moving on to compete at the SkillsUSA State Competition this month. SkillsUSA is a national student organization that offers training, career opportunities, scholarships and prizes through annual competitions. Depending on the program, students may compete at regional, state or national levels.
Debbie Qualls, the cosmetology instructor at NTC Pryor, took several students to the SkillsUSA Regional Competition held last week in Sand Springs. Cosmetology is one of the largest fields of competition – offering multiple categories – but Qualls and her students have a long history of success.
“My students always make a good showing at their regional competition, and this year was another great year for the NTC Cosmetology Program,” said Qualls. “I have five girls moving on to the next round of competition, so NTC will have representation in multiple categories.”
Cosmetology students have a variety of categories to choose from during the competition. Some compete in the hair contest in which they must demonstrate their skills in haircutting and styling in four separate tests. The esthetics competition tests students’ skills in skin care. They must complete a facial, apply day time make-up to a model and display their creativity in the fantasy make-up competition.
“The theme for this year’s fantasy competition was, ‘The Face of your State,’ and I was pleased with the way my girls took on such a challenging theme,” Qualls said. “The girls who competed in hair did fantastic – both took first in their categories.”
The third category of competition is nails, and Qualls’ students took first and second.
“Both nail designs were excellent,” Qualls said. “One student did an intricate red and black lace, and the other used Disney characters in her design.”
In total, NTC will have five students from the Pryor Cosmetology Program competing at the SkillsUSA State Competition. Those students include:
- Abigail Clark, Sequoyah – 1st Hair
- Selena Stanfield, Sequoyah – 1st Nails
- Annevieve Crsip, Adair – 2nd Nails
- Gabby Hernandez, Pryor – 2nd Esthetics
- Rachelle Pittinger, Adair – 1st Hair (Post-Secondary)
“Only those who finish first at state will go on to the National SkillsUSA Competition this summer. I’m hoping we’ll have students represent us in all three categories at this year’s national competition,” said Qualls.
The Cosmetology Program at NTC Pryor is one of only four programs in the state to boast a 100% pass rate for students taking their state board exams. As one of NTC’s most popular programs, classes fill up quickly, and enrollment for next year is already underway. For more information about NTC Pryor’s Cosmetology Program, contact the Pryor Campus student advisor at 918-825-5555.