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2014 SkillsUSA National Winners Announced

by Tracy Rubert | July 14, 2014
Students are tested on all aspects of nail care.

Students are tested on all aspects of nail care.

At the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, three college/postsecondary students and three high school students took home gold, silver, and bronze medals. In the nail care category, students were evaluated on a variety of skills, including natural nail care, pedicuring, acrylic application, themed nail art with a written description, a written exam on all aspects of nail care, and an oral presentation. To align the contest with industry practice, nail wrap skills were replaced this year with light-cured gel application skills.

The 2014 winners are as follows:


Gold: Brooklyn K. Lackney, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Big Rapids, Mich.

Silver: Andrea Allen, Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center, Kansas City, Kan.

Bronze:  Sarah Hopkins, Carver Career Center, Charleston, W. Va.


Gold: Aria Justice, Autry Technology Center, Enid, Okla.

Silver: Amanda Olivarez, Uvalde High School, Uvalde, Texas.

Bronze: Natali Carmona-Garcia, Metropolitan Career & Tech Center, Little Rock, Ark.

 A complete list of winners is available online at


Acrylic application is a component of the competition.

Acrylic application is a component of the competition.

This competition garners support from the following companies:



Burmax Co., Inc.


Le Chat Nail Care Products 


Mariana Industries

Medicool, Inc.

Premium Nails 

Tammy Taylor Nails 




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