Tech Center teens excel in cosmetology, health science competitions


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“Lights, camera, action,” was the theme behind this year’s hair show put on by Nuvo College of Cosmetology. The event took place Thursday, March 22, at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) and featured Cosmetology students from the MACTC as well at Nuvo. Celebrity model look-alikes of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Selena Gomez, and Betty Boop were the judges’ top picks. A total of 55 students, 41 from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, participated.

Hair show entries are presented on live models that students spent the afternoon preparing. Each model walked a catwalk to show off the stylist’s creation. Participants were judged on four categories: hair, makeup, nails, and overall look. Winners were selected by a panel of judges. For a $1 donation, guests could choose their favorite for the popular vote.

The winning designs, chosen by the judges, were Carolyn Skuse (Ravenna) for her model of Lisbeth Salander from, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This is the second year in a row Carolyn has been awarded first place by the judges. Second place went to Nuvo student Xochitl Gutierrez for her interpretation of Selena Gomez. Third place went to Haylee Martin (Orchard View) for her Betty Boop model.

In the popular vote, guests awarded first place to Kennedi Ogle (Mona Shores) with her model of American gymnast Jordyn Wieber. Second place went to Haylee Martin with Betty Boop. Skylar Nelson (Orchard View) placed third with her version of actress Veronica Lake.

All proceeds from the show were donated to the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon.

The other competition was a statewide one. Allied Health Technologies and Health Science Academy students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) were among roughly 3,300 students to participate in the HOSA: Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference, March 22-23. The conference took place at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Over 50 students from the MACTC competed in a variety of healthcare events.

Competitions tested the skills and knowledge of high school students from Michigan high schools and technical centers in the areas of health professions. Categories include clinical nursing, sports medicine, presentational speaking, HOSA Bowl, and many others. Written exams were required for several categories including pathophysiology and pharmacology. The MACTC was recognized as an outstanding HOSA chapter, receiving a plaque of distinction for enrolling over 100 members as well as the 100% Membership Award.

“HOSA was an amazing experience. I met students, who shared the same interests as me, from all over the state,” said Marco Cuevas of Muskegon High School. “As a HOSA Bowl competitor, I gained better communication and teamwork skills. We all worked together and that’s what brought us to the finals,” he added.

The following students placed in the Top 8:

Marco Cuevas (Muskegon) Silver Medal, HOSA Bowl

Dalton Giddings (Holton)  Silver Medal, HOSA Bowl

Trevor Pant (Oakridge)  Silver Medal , HOSA Bowl

Bryce Ward (Holton)    Silver Medal , HOSA Bowl

Andi Elder (Reeths-Puffer)    Bronze Medal,  Clinical Nursing

Madison Woods (West MI Christian) Bronze Medal,  Courtesy Corp Volunteer

Caleb Banninga (Reeths-Puffer)   Top 8, Prepared Speaking

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality healthcare by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the medical community.

For more information on the Allied Health Technologies or Health Science Academy programs or on the Cosmetology program, as well as the other 12 career-related programs at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, visit


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