Cosmetology Competition

Cosmetology Competition
Posted on 03/04/2019
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Two Nacogdoches High School cosmetology students earned berths in the state competition during the district meet held Feb. 14-16 in Beaumont and Port Arthur.

Johanna Zepeda is the first NHS student to advance to state in nail care for cosmetology teacher Jan Holland. Johanna, a senior, won the district competition.

“[Johanna] basically taught herself to do acrylics and gels,” said Holland, who’s taught cosmetology courses eight years at NHS.  “I teach the basics of nails”, said Holland.

Johanna spent time with volunteers from her classmates in cosmetology. “Anybody who wasn’t doing anything at that time,” Johann said.

Vanessa Macias won the aesthetics, or facial, competition.

Johanna and Vanessa will go to the state competition April 4-7 in Corpus Christi.

Other NHS cosmetology students also placed in the regional. Rebeccah Anderson, a senior, was third in aesthetics, while juniors Emily Patterson and Angelica Barrios finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Senior Junny Garcia was fourth in barbering and will be able to take a technical test at state.

Junior Jordyn Davis competed in Nail Art.

The quiz bowl team of seniors, captain Alonia Demery, Chelsea Alvarado, Jazmin Tovar and Rebeccah Anderson, and juniors Angelica Barrios and Rose Perry finished fourth.

Students participating in the SkillsUSA competition took an overall knowledge test of 25 questions. Then, each individual competition came with an additional written test, much of which covers things such as infection control and safety, important issues for salons and barbershops, Holland said..

Aesthetics include providing a basic facial, Holland said, a massage, daytime makeup application and something called a fantasy makeup (this year’s theme was optical illusion).

In nail care, students provide a manicure, sculptured acrylics, gel nails and nail art on a model. (The same tasks will be required at the state competition, Holland said, along with the addition of a pedicure.)

In barbering, contestants use a mannequin to complete a classic haircut, a flat-top and a freestyle pompadour and beard design with temporary colors.

All of the skills participants also had to provide a written description of their work.

For her quiz bowl students, Holland created a document that contained 900 questions related to cosmetology. They had to be able to answer them all. In the competition, teams would go up against two others, with winners advancing by being the first to correctly answer the queries.

Quiz bowl was considered part of the leadership competition and took place in Beaumont while skills contests were held in nearby Port Arthur.

Seniors participating in the district contest are all on their way to earning a cosmetology license, meaning they’ll be ready to enter the workforce upon graduation from NHS, Holland said.

To earn a state license, students must compile 1,000 hours of work in the classroom and during Dragon Cuts, the salon held each Tuesday afternoon. Additionally, students are required to complete 500 hours in academic courses they obtain from core subjects.

Next month, the seniors will take their written exam in Tyler. All have topped 900 hours of work, the threshold required before taking the written licensing test.

Students begin sophomore year and will remain in the program until they graduate.


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