Mastic Beach, NY - March 13, 2014 - On Monday, March 17, four William Floyd High School cosmetology students will compete in the SkillsUSA Area VI Regional Competition at the Brentwood campus of Suffolk County Community College to demonstrate the skills they learned in the cosmetology program at William Floyd High School. SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student organization that serves more than 300,000 high school and college students, as well as professionals enrolled in career and technical education training programs around the nation.
The four aspiring cosmetologists – who finished first and second in two categories of an in-class competition judged by industry professionals – were chosen to represent William Floyd in the at SkillsUSA. This is the first time that a William Floyd team will enter the competition since the Career & Technical Education (CTE) program began less than two years ago.
The students, seniors Cassandra Scala and Sydney Mackenzie will compete in the Senior Styling Competition, where they will demonstrate the State Board haircut, a comb-out and foiling techniques; while juniors Ashlee’Kaye Jason and Mayra Uzhca Narvaez will compete in the Junior Styling Competition where they will demonstrate a comb-out, a haircut, fingerwaves, a permanent wave rod application and take a written exam. All of the technical work is timed and students will be evaluated on their appearance, clothing, equipment and preparation.
“This will be a great learning experience for some of my best students,” said Wendy Joyce, William Floyd High School cosmetology teacher, who is also the Chairperson of the Senior Competition at SkillsUSA. “They will have the chance to showcase their skills and network with others in the industry.”
About the Cosmetology Program at William Floyd High School
Cosmetology, a two-year program taught by Wendy Joyce, is part of the Career & Technical Education program at William Floyd High School. Cosmetology students gain practical experience in performing the same hair, nail and skin-care techniques that are employed at major salons and spas around the world. Students can earn 1,000 hours of experience in preparation for taking the State Board exam to become a New York State-licensed cosmetologist. Other William Floyd CTE programs include Automotive Technology, Business, Carpentry, Culinary Arts and Medical Assisting.
Cosmetology students competing in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition from left to right are: Ashlee’Kaye Jason (junior); Mayra Uzhca Narvaez (junior); Cassandra Scala (senior); and Sydney Mackenzie (senior).