Cosmetology Students Medalists at Skills Manitoba Competition

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What do you get when you combine one dedicated teacher, a group of hard-working students, two medals and a lot of ice cream? The answer: an award-winning Cosmetology program, where students' beautiful work is celebrated and carried forth on the road toward bright careers in a skilled trade industry.

GVSD wishes to congratulate the RRTVA Cosmetology team on their recent success at the 14th Annual Skills Manitoba Competition, held on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Red River College. The annual Olympic-style Skills Manitoba Competition featured an amazing display of hands-on expertise, talent and determination. Clara Wall (GVC) won a silver medal for the ladies "Hair-By-Night" and Male "Bombage" haircut. Competing and working hard the last 2 years paid off for Clara this year, as her work garnered attention from the judges. Shavaun Friesen (Morden) won a silver medal in the "Job Interview" category. Selena Gregg (GVC), a level 1 cosmetology student, competed in the "Bridal Up-Do" competition. Selena placed 11th out of 23 students. "My confidence has skyrocketed" said Selena, who continues to be an active member of the cosmetology department every day. Leticia Guevara and Brittney Preteau from Miller Collegiate also competed in the Ladies "Hair-By-Night" and performed beautiful work.

The committed competitors from Cosmetology, and their instructor Kathryn Foley-Licandro, spent many evenings and Saturdays training and preparing for the event. They also spent a day in Winnipeg receiving training at a top salon named the Burns & Black Salon. After working hard in each of their training sessions, the students were rewarded by their teacher with ice cream.   

Skills Canada Manitoba is a not-for-profit, charitable, organization that works with employers, educators, and governments to educate Manitoba youth on the benefits of working in the skilled trades and technology sectors. Skills Canada MB strives to change the image of skilled trades and technology and provide effective programs and events that raise awareness of the current and emerging careers in trades and technology. 

The highlight of Skills Canada Manitoba is the Skills Competition. Students participate in challenges designed to test skills required in trades and technology careers. The philosophy of the Skills Competition is to reward students for excellence, directly involve industry in evaluating student performance, and keep training programs relevant to employers' needs. Over 500 students from across Manitoba competed in over 40 different contests. Gold medal winners will form Team Manitoba and compete against their peers at the 17th Canadian Skills Competition in Quebec City , Quebec, June 1 - 4, 2011.

See photos of students competing in the Skills Manitoba competition:

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