NTC Afton will send six cosmetology students to the SkillsUSA State
Competition in April. Pictured (left to right) are Olivia Cordell, Kali
Way, Brikklyn Miller and Destiny Vandiver.
Northeast Technology Center’s Afton Campus has six 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.
Melissa Caudill, the cosmetology instructor at NTC Afton, took several students to the SkillsUSA Regional Competition held last week in Tulsa. Cosmetology is one of the largest fields of competition, and as a first year teacher, Caudill was anxious going into the competition.
“This was a first for all of us – I didn’t know exactly what to expect at competition, and neither did my girls,” Caudill said. “We just decided to take things one day at a time and focus on being as prepared as possible for this round of the competition.”
Caudill’s one-day-at-a-time strategy paid off, as she had first place winners in all three competition categories.
“My students worked so hard to prepare for this – having so many of them place in the top three really validates all the effort they put in to prepare for the competition,” said Caudill. “I am just thrilled that six of our students are headed to state.”
Cosmetology students have a variety of categories to choose from during the SkillsUSA 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 third category – nail care – involves six separate segments that test application and technique, in addition to a written exam.
“We swept the esthetics competition – our students took all three top places,” said Caudill. “We also placed first in both the hair and nail care categories, so we’re in a really good position heading into the State Competition.”
In total, NTC will have six students from the Afton Cosmetology Program competing at the SkillsUSA State Competition. Those students include:
- Brikklyn Miller, Grove – 1st Hair
- Kali Way, Wyandotte – 1st Nails
- Emily Fast, Wyandotte – 3rd Nails
- Olivia Cordell, Miami – 1st Esthetics
- Lillian Swingle, Miami – 2nd Esthetics
- Destiny Vandiver, Miami – 3rd Esthetics
“Only those who finish first at state will go on to the National SkillsUSA Competition this summer, but we’re going to keep taking things one day at a time as we prepare,” Caudill said. “That strategy seems to be working for us.”
The Cosmetology Program at NTC Afton is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that opened in the fall of 2015. 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 Afton’s Cosmetology Program, contact the Afton Campus student advisor at 918-257-8324.