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Cosmetology Students Win First in State

Students in the Chantilly Academy Cosmetology classes traveled to Richmond on Oct. 1 to demonstrate their skills at the annual Virginia State Fair Skills USA competition. The state fair draws hundreds of students from across the state to a competition sponsored by Skills USA, where students gain experience, confidence and leadership skills.

The cosmetology students could choose to compete in three different categories: manikin updo, manikin fantasy or team fashion. Second-year students in Mr. White’s Chantilly Academy Cosmetology class, Talita Conceicao from South Lakes High and Asianna Vanno from Centreville High took first place in the state for the team fashion competition category. In this category, the students were required to style the hair and apply makeup to a live model (Raquel Paiz from South Lakes High) for a formal event. Mrs. Climo’s first year student, Latea Fortune from Chantilly High, performed well in her first-ever cosmetology competition. She took first place in her heat in the Manikin Fantasy Updo category, which focuses on originality and creativity when styling hair.

Cosmetology instructors, Mr. White and Mrs. Climo commented that competing in the state fair enabled their students to see what their peers are doing and learning in cosmetology across the Commonwealth and gain experience in a large competition early in the school year. Both teachers are extremely proud of all of the students and how well they performed in their first competition of the year.

Manikin Comb — out & Updo

Fairfax — Alysa Simons — 6th Place

Centreville — Jessica Bryant — 10th Place

Fairfax — Erica Joshua — 10th Place

Chantilly — Helena Hurless — 10th

Post — Grad — Monique Ledezma — 10th

Westfield – Aysha Shakeel — 10th

Post Grad — Rabiah Khan 10th

Manikin Fantasy Updo

Chantilly — Latea Fortune — 1st in her round

Chantilly — Jillian Scott — 10th

Westfield — Fiorella Galvez — 10th

Herndon — Dwanique Crawford — 10th

Annadale — Maria Camargo — 10th

Chantilly — Kristie Giest — 10th

Team Fashion

10th Place — Centreville — Lisa Duckett — Stylist

Westfield — Deanna Parnham — Make up

South Lakes — Nicole Melendez — Model

1st Place Overall — South Lakes — Talita Conceicao — Stylist

Centreville — Asianna Vanno — Makeup

South Lakes — Raquel Paiz — Model