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Congratulations to the 2013 SkillsUSA National Winners!

Three students each at the college and the high school levels take home medals in this annual trade competition.

<p>The SkillsUSA practical applications evaluate the contestants&rsquo; abilities to perform the most common nail services in salons.</p>
At the 2013 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, the best students compete for medals. In the nail care category, contestants are evaluated on oral communication skills, acrylic application, tip and wrap application, nail polish application, nail art, and a written exam (which consists of proper sanitation, chemical safety, salon procedures, and more).

The 2013 winners are as follows:


Gold: Stephanie Schoolcraft, Carver Career Center, Charleston, W. Va.
Silver: Kelly Kachaterian, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Big Rapids, Mich.
Bronze:  Kensie  Guillory, San Juan College, Farmington, N.M.


Gold: Hanna Fortin, Chariho Career Tech Center, Wood River Junction, R.I.
Silver: Brooklyn K. Lackney, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Big Rapids, Mich.
Bronze: Cheylin Dixon, Canyon’s Technology Education Center, Sandy, Utah

<p>Nail art is one of six skills nail students are evaluated on.</p>
The members of the national technical committee for the Nail Care Technology contest include chair Teresa Lewis, OPI Products Inc.; Mandy Burton, Pivot Point International Inc.; Clarabelle Hern, Custom Nail Technology; Danielle Klahr, Milady, a division of Cengage Learning; and, Judy Sheils, OPI Products Inc.
A national education team assists the national technical committee. Members include Dianne Alldredge, Snead State Community College; Brenda Ayers, Manatee Technical Institute; Denise Baer, Montachusett Regional Vocational-Technical High School; Tina Bavin, Four County Career Center; Janeen Hackney, Monterey High School; Minnie Rodgers, SkillsUSA, District 13; and, Kay Stannard, Four County Career Center.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. also supports the competition.

A complete list of winners is available online at

Photos by Lloyd Wolf for SkillsUSA

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