Olney Central College’s School of Cosmetology is celebrating a third-place finish in the Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools’ Student Competition.
The annual event held Nov. 10 in Tinley Park drew cosmetology students from more than 30 colleges around the state to compete in a variety of categories ranging from bridal and color to the extreme to long hair mannequin.
OCC students attending the event included Karlie Switzer and Taylor Greentree, who were accompanied by School of Cosmetology Director Linda Miller.
Switzer, of Olney, captured OCC’s third-place finish in the Retro 80s Category, which required participants to create a 1980s hairstyle for their models while completing the look with complementary makeup and clothes. The former Lawrenceville resident was one of 15 competitors in the division and Greentree served as her model.
“It was fun and a great experience,” Switzer said. “I was competing against students from bigger colleges and I thought it was great that I got a third place. I enjoyed watching the other students to see what they were doing and how good their ideas were. It was a very tough competition.”
Miller is proud of Switzer’s accomplishment.
“There were a lot of rules the students had to follow and she did a fantastic job,” Miller added. “It’s nice that OCC can be recognized.”
Miller hopes even more students will attend next year’s event.
“It’s a great opportunity for the students,” she said. “It’s nice that we are able to provide this learning and growing experience for them.”