LCHS prepares to take on Alberta at skills competition

By Jessica Dempsey

May 23, 2018 12:15 PM

Courtney Rieger, Symayya Imran and Amber Ricks will be headed to Skills Canada Alberta to show off their hairstyling skills at the end of the month. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO

Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) students are perfecting their talents as they get ready for the Skills Canada Alberta competition.
Students came away victorious in the Lakeland Regional Skills competition to move onto provincials.
Sumayya Imran, Grade 11, is one of the students moving on in the Hairstyling Junior category.
This was the first time Imran took part in the regional skills competition, and she said it was a crazy experience.
“I was nervous,” she said about going into the competition. “I’d never done something on this scale or anything like this.”
However, she noted just before the competition started her nerves were gone.
“I was like, ‘you know it’s game time, let’s start,’” she said.
Now that she is moving on, Imran said practice, practice, practice was her plan.
“It’s key with stuff like this because you have to make sure it’s on time, so lots of practice and just polishing the design is a really big thing,” explained Imran, noting the time frame was probably the most difficult part for her.
Grade 11 student Amber Ricks is also going to be moving on to provincials in the Hairstyling Intermediate category.
“It was a very friendly environment,” Ricks said about her experience at regionals.
“We had a lot of fun hanging out with each other and getting to know the girls from the schools.”
With the opportunity to move on to the next phase of the competition, Ricks has been getting ready with a lot of practice.
“I’m super excited,” she said, noting she’s not very nervous.
“I’m just mentally preparing, getting myself psyched and ready to do it.”
Along side all of the students that went to regionals was cosmetology teacher Lisa Blanchette, who said they did “amazing.”
“I’m so excited for them … we are very excited to be going on to provincials and see how they do there.”
Having the students compete in the skills competition also allowed them to practise and sharpen their own personal talents.
“It really opens the door for them to see what the competition looks like and getting the intensity of the room,” she said.
Other students from LCHS who will be in Edmonton to take part in the Skills Canada Alberta competition include Courtney Rieger, Madison Hoehn, Cristelle Santos, Althea Geollegue, Meagan Lee, Maria McIntosh, Dreyson Nohnychuk, Glenmar Davila, Kyle Sieben and Tanner Harbin.

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