Highland Cosmetology Students Compete In National Junior Style Stars Contest

FREEPORT — Alex Ankney of Dixon and Chris Myers of Stockton, two students in the Cosmetology program at Highland, competed against more than 200 stylists from across the nation to reach the fourth round of competition in the Junior Styles contest, an online contest open to cosmetology students, regardless of their location, to compete on a level playing field.

Each student had to prepare an updo hair style on a mannequin in the avant-guarde style. They were responsible to take pictures from various angles of the mannequin and send it to the Junior Styles Stars contest website. Their instructor, Amy Chamberlin, checked daily on the progress of her students. By the time they made it through round four of the competition, there were just 43 students left in the competition.

Chamberlin said, “We were able to have just two of our students compete. For them to be able to make it through round four of the competition gives them a boost to know they are being looked at nationally. I checked daily on their progress, and they would come up on a map to show their location. I am very proud of the girls. They had to do the hair style and makeup on their own. Instructors could not touch the mannequins, but we could give suggestions. By competing in a national competition like this, it puts Highland on the map.”

All work was done on an identical mannequin and had to be done in a classroom setting, under strict supervision by the instructor. Judging was done via the internet. The Highland students were among four schools from the state of Illinois that competed in the national competition. Their mannequins are currently on display on the clinic floor.

For more on the Cosmetology program at Highland, contact Amy Chamberlin at 815.599.3545 or amy.chamberlin@highland.edu.

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