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WITC Cosmetology Students sweep top awards in multi-state competition

(10/26/2015) Local cosmetology students from Wisconsin Indian head Technical College received multiple awards in a range of categories at the INsalon educational event and competition.

From WITC's Superior campus, Abigael Lee took home a first place trophy and creative fashion award for the men's day look haircut competition; Alyssa Doyle received third place in the women's evening total look formal styling competition; Michaela Martineau was the fourth place winner of men's day look. From WITC's Rice Lake campus, Gretchen Sandstrom earned a second place trophy, $100 and the creative design medal in the women's day look haircut competition; Ateya Rockow received a fifth place medal in the women's evening look.

"Most of the students are always very nervous and apprehensive about this competition," said Cosmetology Instructor Jolie Losey. "They spend countless hours preparing for their events and once they have completed it, whether they placed or not, they feel accomplished and very glad they competed."

The competition took place Oct. 17 and 18 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. Hosted by the Salon & Spa Professional Association, the competition is one of the largest in the area with the next closest in Chicago. The event brings in an average of 70-80 competitors each year from local and neighboring states.

"Besides the competition, there are a lot of classes for the students to attend which range from styling to clipper cutting and many things in between," said Losey. "It is always fun and inspiring for the students and the instructors."

Effective fall 2015, cosmetology students can graduate within two semesters, opposed to the previous three-semester requirement. Students will be admitted to the cosmetology program every fall and spring semester. The overall cost of the program is substantially less than the previous three-semester program, and students will meet the credit requirements for full-time financial aid. For more information about the cosmetology program, call 715.468.2815 or visit

Ranked fourth best two-year college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243. WITC or visit WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.