Afton Campus Northeast Technology Center (NTC) cosmetology students recently won high honors at the Skills-USA State Competition. This year's 44th Annual Skills-USA State Championship was held May 3-5 at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Jessica Bruce of Welch High School placed third in the Secondary Hairstyling division. In this category, contestants were judged on a long hair design on a mannequin, a haircut on a mannequin, blow-drying and a razor cut on a mannequin, and a written test.

In the Secondary Nail Care division, Sarah Clark of Vinita High School placed fifth. In this division, students created sculptured nails, tip and wrap nails, wearable nail art, and a red polish application. They were also scored on a written exam. Sarahıs model for her nail applications was Emily Kelley of Welch.

Katelin Housh, a junior at Fairland High School and first year NTC Cosmetology student, ranked fifth in the Secondary Esthetics division. In the Esthetics category, Katelin had to complete a daytime makeup application, evening makeup application, and fantasy makeup application. She was accompanied by NTC student Ashlee Pruitt of Commerce who was Katelin's model for the daytime, evening, and fantasy makeup applications.

Skills-USA is a national student organization that encourages students to develop career and leadership skills and is affiliated with the Oklahoma Career Tech Trade and Industry Education programs offered at high schools and 29 technology centers across the state.