Waconia High School juniors Savannah Sams and Elena Hazledine participated in the SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships on April 12 and took first place in the Nail Care competition.

The SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships take place in April every year and bring together nearly a thousand outstanding career and technical education students who compete hands-on in 80+ different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.

At this year’s state championships, Sams participated as the cosmetologist and Hazledine was her model. As part of the competition, Sams had to perform a pedicure, sculpt and shape the nails, and then complete the nail art. By taking first place in the competition, the duo will have a chance to compete at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Atlanta, June 24-28.

Sams and Hazledine are currently taking the Cosmetology course that is offered to Waconia High School students through the District’s partnership with Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative. This partnership allows WHS students to enroll in career and technical education programs both on-site at the high school and off-site at Southwest Metro in Chaska. Other courses that are offered to WHS students through this partnership include an Emergency Medical Responder course, an Emergency Medical Technician course, and a Nursing Assistant course.

Sams and Hazeledine