Megan Ospic, from Tularosa won for her entry and fellow Alamogordo cosmetology students Ruby Hernandez from Riudoso placed 4th and Elizabeth Runningwater a Mescalero Apache woman from Alamogordo captured 5th place.
The contestants in the fantasy category were encouraged to pull out the stops on their themed entry to create a hair and makeup idea on a mannequin that would wow the judges, spectators and fellow students. Each entry was judged based on creativity, originality, innovation, color and theme.
Ospic’s entry was a tribute to her historic home town, Tularosa, which uses the image of roses as their trademark . Ospic created three red roses out of the mannequin’s hair, colored the flower red and created a life-like green stem.
“The eye-catching colors and intricate design were far beyond the abilities of most students in Phase II in school,” said Carla Smith, director of the award-winning cosmetology school. “Megan is quiet, creative and down-to-earth. As soon as she returned from the competition she went elk hunting with her dad. We are proud of Megan and all our students for participating in the Educational Forum.”
Olympian University is a cosmetology school that provides students with a distinguished environment that mirrors many of the upscale salons that will employ Olympian University students after they graduate and earn their cosmetology license.
“Cosmetology is a great career and even though our Alamogordo school is smaller than most many of our students have placed high in competitions and embarked on successful careers,” said Smith. “We invite anyone interested in learning more to make an appointment and take a tour of our school and see what sets it apart from the rest.”
According to a U.S. News and World Report hairdresser is cited as one of the best jobs of 2012. In a March 21, 2012 article in USA Today, beauty salon sales grew 5.4 %.4 in the last two years vs. a 2.3% sales increase in 2009. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections of 15.7% employment growth expected by 2020, the future of hair salons and the future of hair stylists should continue to grow.
In addition to traditional day classes, the school has a night program for students who can only go to school part time. The classes are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In addition to the award-winning cosmetology school in Alamogordo the company owns and operates schools in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Roswell in New Mexico, ITS Academy of Beauty schools in Texas and Oklahoma, International Academy of Hair Design in Arizona and Hair Benders Academy in Longwood, Florida.
For more information visit www.olympianuniversity.com or call 575-437-