Pictured from left, Geniva Houston, Makeila Zuniga, Tatiana Martinez, and Laura Nunez display their winning creations.

Special to Iredell Free News

Nineteen Mitchell Community College manicuring students competed in a Skills USA event in Raleigh on Saturday, October 23.

The students swept the Fantasy Manicuring–High School category with the following honors:

1st Place – Laura Nunez with design “Blood Money” – $150 prize

2nd Place – Tatiana Martinez and Makeila Zuniga with design “Freddy VS Jason” – $80 prize

3rd Place – Geniva Houston with design “Monster High” – $25 prize

All competitors and winners are currently enrolled in Mitchell and Iredell-Statesville School’s collaborative manicuring technology coursework at the Career Academy & Technical School (CATS) in Troutman or taking manicuring technology coursework through Mitchell’s Career and College Promise program.

“We are so proud of these students,” said instructor Peggy Haynes, “and we are proud of all the hard work and creativity they put into this competition and all their creations.”

For adult learners interested in manicuring, Mitchell will be offering a night manicuring class at the Cosmetic Arts Center (3223 Taylorsville Highway, Statesville) in the Spring 2022 term.

Mitchell’s Cosmetic Arts curriculum instructs students in the art and science of cosmetic arts. Program options include cosmetology diploma, manicuring technology (certificate) and esthetics technology (certificate). Program opportunities are available for both adult and high school students. The Cosmetic Arts Department offers the international Pivot Point Scientific Approach curriculum.


To learn more about Cosmetic Arts at Mitchell, contact Vivian Easterling at veasterling@mitchellcc.edu or (704) 878-4372.

About Mitchell Community College

Mitchell Community College serves 9,000 students annually through a variety of curriculum, continuing education and workforce development programs. With campuses in Statesville and Mooresville, Mitchell offers quality, affordable education options to residents of Iredell County and the surrounding area. For more information, visit mitchellcc.edu or call (704) 878-3200 (Statesville Campus) or (704) 663-1923 (Mooresville Campus).

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