SUN Tech Congratulates their 2012 National SkillsUSA Winners

Three SUN Area Technical Institute cosmetology students won medals at the 49th Annual SkillsUSA National Conference and Championships, held in Kansas City, Missouri from June 23rd –June 28th. Over 5,500 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands-on competition in ninety-four different trade, technical and leadership fields. The contests are designed and planned by representatives of labor and management alike to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen professions.  In order to be eligible to compete at the National Conference, contestants must have taken first place honors at their state level.

Receiving a silver medal was cosmetology student, Katelyn Meiser.  Ms. Meiser won her silver medal in Job Skill Demonstration A; a contest in which forty competitors demonstrated and explained entry-level skills used in their occupational training area.

Also taking second place, with silver medal honors were Alexa Krautheim and her model Jenna Swinehart.  Ms. Krautheim won her silver medal competing in the area of Esthetics, which evaluates the contestants ‘excellence and professionalism in skin care and makeup application. Here, contestants were evaluated on facial massage, skin treatments, day-time makeup, fantasy makeup application, an oral presentation and a written exam. In addition to her medal, Krautheim won $1000.00 worth of trade-related tools and equipment.

Also competing at the National Conference and Championships in Kansas City were Brittany Kerstetter in Cosmetology; Kassandra Charriez and her model Amanda Torres in Nail Care, and Benjamin Maneval in Prepared Speaking. All seven of the SUN Tech competitors received Skills Certifications, which means they scored high enough in their contest areas to reach the nationally set benchmarks of professionalism and excellence.

The students were accompanied to the National Conference, by cosmetology instructor and SUN Tech SkillsUSA Advisor, Crystal Gutshall.