IDABEL — Southern Oklahoma Technology Center students showed dominance as they took home 15 medals from the regional competition and seven students advancing to the state competition.
"I look forward to it (state)," said Amber Payne, Ardmore High School. "I'm excited to make it as a first-year."
Students competed at the Kiamichi Technology Center Idabel campus in cosmetology, esthetics and nails and in both high school and adult divisions. They are taught by RaNae Buie and Kristal Jones.
"I went because I love doing hair and I missed school," said Kaitlyn Wallace, Plainview High School.
The cosmetology contest includes students completing a written test, short hair cut, long hair cut and an up-do.
Aaron Main, Ardmore High School, did a vintage hair style and won second place in the overall competition. Last year, he competed but didn't place.
"There were some good ones this year. I didn't think I'd place, but I did well on the haircuts," Main said.
Rachel Bolding, Hennepin, placed third in the adult division with an up-do that was described by her classmates as steampunk or Victorian.
"It was crazy. I wanted it to be different than anyone else," Bolding said.
The esthetics contest had a 'Wizard of Oz' theme, as students did the makeup for a model. Nick St.Clair, Dickson, won the high school contest with a makeup design he said was inspired by Kim Kardashian.
"I wanted to turn the Wicked Witch into Miss America and make her beautiful," St.Clair said.
In the adult division, Sunny Bulla, Wilson, won second place.
"I'm more passionate about hair, but with a chance to do 'Wizard of Oz' makeup was too much," Bulla said. "I'm obsessed with Judy Garland."
For nails, students had to create a set of sculptured acrylic nails and gel nails and could choose their nail art theme.
Inspired by the Mardi Gras theme of last year's Ardmore High School prom, Breauna Hamilton created miniature masks for her third-place nail design.
"I like masks and being creative," she said. "I wanted to create a mask that was fun on nails."
Adult Elaina Ralls, Ardmore, placed third with Japanese-inspired nail designs that read "God with us" in Japanese and featured cherry blossoms.
"I think the Japanese cherry blossom is the most beautiful flower and part of God's creation," she said.
Overall, the group of students enjoyed the competition.
"It was fun because I had a chance to get razors and sheers and just go at it," said Dannyale Pettigrew, Lone Grove.
Adult Cosmetology (Hair)
Third place — Rachel Bolding
Fifth place — Dannyale Pettigrew
High School Cosmetology (Hair)
Page 2 of 2 - Second place —Aaron Main
Third place — Amber Payne
Fifth place — Kaitlyn Wallace
Sixth place — Desiree Towler
Second place — Sunny Bulla
Third place — Kristen Tabler
High School Esthetics
First place — Nick StClair
Third place — Elaina Rawls
High School Nails
First place — Peyton Sharpe
Second place — Madison Mitchell
Third place — Breauna Hamilton
Fifth place — Sabrina Williams
Sixth place — Amanda Smith