WITC barber/cosmetology students medal in statewide competition
(5/7/12): Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College barber/cosmetology students took home big honors from the 38th Annual State Leadership and Skills Conference in April in Wisconsin Dells.
WITC-Rice Lake student Taylor Gappa landed the top prize in the 2012 cosmetology competition. WITC-Superior students Emily Modin captured second place and Rene Miniatt finished in third place, which made it a sweep for WITC.
Gappa will represent WITC at the national competition in June in Kansas City, Mo.
“Taylor is an outstanding student and put in many hours of preparation for the event,” said Jolie Losey, WITC-Rice Lake barber/cosmetology instructor.
The students were judged on their skills completing a longer haircut and design
as well as a shorter version haircut using a razor.
All work was performed on
mannequins. Written test scores and phone interviews were also factored into the
"It was a very positive experience for both the students and me," said Charley
Thompson, WITC-Superior barber/cosmetology instructor. "We will definitely be
looking forward to participating again."
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and
college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled
This is the first time WITC's barber/cosmetology program
has competed in a statewide competition.