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March 2, 2014

EMCC claims 7 top spots at SkillsUSA

MERIDIAN —     BILOXI – Competitors from East Mississippi Community College left the Mississippi SkillsUSA technical competition Wednesday in Biloxi with seven first-place finishes.

    In the Automotive category, Dale Brand of West Point, a National SkillsUSA first place finisher in 2013, punched his ticket back to national competition with a first-place win in the Job Skills Demo Open category. Fellow EMCC Automotive students David Scott of Columbus, Justin Burger of Starkville and Khari Eichelberger of Louisville will join Brand, as will all first-place finishers, at the National Skills USA competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

    Electrical student Kendric Hill of Columbus claimed first place in the Construction Wiring category. Cosmetology student Autumn Hardy of Shuqualak took first in Aesthetics. The Cosmetology team of Lauren Black of Ackerman, Maci Davis of Madison, Nicole Elsey of Caledonia, Chelsey Hill of Columbus, Patricia Kilgore of Starkville, Leah Peters of Columbus and Victoria Rhett of Columbus won the Opening and Closing Team competition.

    EMCC Cosmetology instructor Coretta Johnson said the Opening and Closing Team category required the team from each competing institution to formally open and close the ceremony by arranging the stage and leading all gathered competitors and sponsors in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the SkillsUSA pledge, among other ceremonial steps.

    To earn the medal in the Aesthetics category, Hardy was judged on multiple applications of make-up on her model, Maci Davis. Some of these included a basic facial, daytime makeup and a fantasy makeup job that fit within National SkillsUSA’s 2014 theme of “Avatar.”

    “That was a very hard competition. I was confident when she did her daytime makeup, but I was nervous on the fantasy because all six competitors there did so well,” said Johnson of Hardy’s work.

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