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Laurel High student places ninth in national esthetics competition

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Laurel High students meets personal goal of top 10 in national esthetics competition

A student at Laurel High School placed in the top 10 of the esthetics competition at this year's SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 22-26 in Louisville, Ky.

Zoey De Los Santos, a graduating senior, finished in ninth place after taking a skin care written exam, performing a skin consultation, demonstrating a facial and competing in a fantasy make-up challenge at nationals.

She advanced to the national competition when she took first place for Laurel High School's Cosmetology-Esthetics Team in the state contest earlier last month. Laurel High student Nohelia Valentin also participated in the state competition and took third place.

In the state competition, both created fantasy looks influenced by the Disney classic "Snow White." De Los Santos created a well-polished face that was then separated from the skin to uncover a witch. Valentin presented Snow White from underneath the snow.

Laurel High School cosmetology teacher Gina Simpson said in a news release that she was proud of De Los Santos' accomplishment.

"We are extremely excited with Zoey's accomplishments," Simpson said in the release. "This was the first year that a Prince George's County Public Schools student participated in the SkillsUSA nationals competition and she did an exceptional job representing Laurel High School. She is an example to how committed our students are to learning and developing the career skills needed for successful futures."

The national competitor also said she was proud of her own achievement and hopes to continue in the field.

"Being able to participate in a national competition was such an exciting and rewarding opportunity for me," De Los Santos said in a news release. "I placed in the top 10, which was a personal goal of mine, and became more confident in my skills and decision to pursue a career in cosmetology."

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