Hair and beauty students from South Tyneside College gave towering performances when they excelled in a national skills competition – in Blackpool.
The talented learners clinched first place in five categories and came second or third in several others, and one was highly commended.
Success at the annual Association of Hairdressers and Therapists event was made extra special because the college has not entered for a decade.
Lecturers have praised the level 2, 3 and 4 students, aged 17 to 35, for their pre-competition dedication and in-event professionalism.
Hair and beauty quality coordinator Tracey Thompson said:
“They put in a lot of hard work into their specialisms in the run up to the competition.
“That saw them enter other events as preparation and there was also extra learning at the college.
“Their enthusiasm meant they were happy to get up bright and early for the first day of the competition, setting out at 6am and then competing later that day.
“They stayed overnight in Blackpool and repeated their efforts on day two, showing the same professionalism and high skill level.
“The college had not taken part in this competition for quite a while, which makes the students’ achievements even better.
“They were unfazed by any pressure and showed tremendous determination to do their very best. They are a credit to the college.”
Kasia Berry and Sandra Krasowska
First places went to Mica Cape, Marisol Rodriguez and Chloe Peart in the Make-up, Gender Transformation and Gel Nails categories respectively.
From left to right: Mica Cape, Molly Burman, Tia Robertson, Marisol Pillman, Mollie Lucas
Also sealing top spot were Molly Burnham in Body Massage and Andrea Shotton in Fashion Blow Dry.
Ellen Alexander, Tia Robertson, Molly Burman and Lacasha Judson
Second places went to Sandra Kraskowska, in the Classical Twenties category, Lacasha Judson in Editorial, and Kia Robertson in Body Massage.
Lacasha Judson and Elle Mae Young
Andrea Shotton claimed third place in Long Hair Down, as did Mollie Lucas and Marisol Rodriguez in Fantasy, while Bethany Lake was highly commended in Body Art.
Mollie Lucas and Andrea Shotton
College models who took part in the event, held at the Norbreck Castle Hotel, were Ellen Alexander, Kazia Kane, Olivia Turvey, Laura Harris and Ellie-May Young.
Elle Mae Young