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2014 SkillsUSA National Winners Announced

Six students earned medals in the nail care category of this annual trade competition.

<p>Students are tested on all aspects of nail care.</p>

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

 <p>Acrylic application is a component of the competition.</p>

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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