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Nails Magazine Show Introduces The Decathlon

Competitors got the chance to compete in a new competition called the Decathlon.

In addition to the five nail competitions held at every NAILS Magazine Show, competitors at the Tampa, Fla., show got the chance to compete in a new competition called the Decathlon, so named because a competitor must demonstrate five techniques---acrylic, fibreglass, gel tips and overlays, and sculptured acrylics. Custom-designed medallions in gold, silver, and bronze were awarded to winners of this test of versatility.

Held April 18-19 at the Tampa Convention Center, the NAILS Magazine Show offered an array of new seminars and workshops as part of its Education in Action program. The first-ever Judge’s Network class, led by NIA president Nancy Schweizer, was a popular workshop that focused on familiarizing competitors with the judging process and offered current judges skill-building tips.

In a departure from the standard tradeshow format, there were classes in the morning before the exhibits opened at noon. Most classes were standing-room only.

There were more than 50 contestants in the six nail competitions, and $3,500 in cash and prizes was awarded.

Professional Sculptured Nail: First Place, Kim Morgan, Hair Force, Auburndale, Fla.; Second Place, Connie Ortiz, Nails by Connie, Deltona, Fla.; Third Place, Leigh Raphael, Uptown Hair Designs, Tampa, Fla.; Honorable Mention, Tuan Nguyen.

Student Acrylic Tip & Overlay: First Place, Karen Rodgers, P.H.D. Academy; Second Place, Jennifer Hilman, P.H.D Academy; Third Place, Tammy Gonzales, Jefferson School; Honorable Mention, Joyce Archie.

Fibreglass Tip & Overlay: First Place, Maria Nimphius, C’est La Vie, Tampa, Fla.; Second Place, Diane Toranzo, State of the Art Nails, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; Third Place, Beth Berkheimer, Nail Stuff and More, Longwood, Fla.; Honorable Mention, Kim Stirman.

Flat Nail Art: First Place, Rina Rivera, Rina’s Nails, Jacksonville, Fla.; Second Place, Laura Davis, Sanford, Fla.; Third Place, Michelle Baker, Euro Stylecutters, Lutz, Fla.; Honorable Mention, Susie Weiss.

Drill Competition: First Place, Ann Marie Huber, Ft. Myers, Fla.; Second Place, Valerie Gronke, Nails by Connie, Deltona, Fla.

Decathlon: First Place, Kim Morgan, Hair Force, Auburndale, Fla.; Second Place, Connie Ortiz, Nails by Connie, Deltona, Fla.; Third Place, Trang Nguyen, Hollywood Nails, Longwood, Fla.; Honorable Mention, Erin Taylor.

Next year’s NAILS Magazine Show in Tampa, Fla.; will be held April 17-18, 1994, at the Tampa Convention Center.

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