Manicuring students medal in competition

Manicuring students medal in competition

Nineteen Mitchell manicuring students competed in a Skills USA event in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, October 23.


The students swept the Fantasy Manicuring–High School category with the following honors: 


1st Place – $150 prize

Laura Nunez with design “Blood Money” 

finger nail design on mannequin hand over several one hundred dollar bills


2nd Place – $80 prize

Tatiana Martinez and Makeila Zuniga with design “Freddy VS Jason”

Nail design "Freddy VS Jason" by Tatiana Martinez and Makeila Zuniga


3rd Place – $25 prize

Geniva Houston with design “Monster High”

Nail design "Monster High" by Geniva Houston


All competitors and winners are currently enrolled in Mitchell and Iredell-Statesville School’s collaborative manicuring technology coursework at the Career Academy & Technical School (CATS) in Troutman or taking manicuring technology coursework through Mitchell’s Career and College Promise program.


“We are so proud of these students,” said instructor Peggy Haynes, “and we are proud of all the hard work and creativity they put into this competition and all their creations.” For adult learners interested in manicuring, Mitchell will be offering a night manicuring class at the Cosmetic Arts Center (3223 Taylorsville Hwy., Statesville) in the Spring 2022 term.


Mitchell’s Cosmetic Arts curriculum instructs students in the art and science of cosmetic arts. Program options include cosmetology diploma, manicuring technology (certificate) and esthetics technology (certificate). Program opportunities are available for both adult and high school students. The Cosmetic Arts department offers the international Pivot Point Scientific Approach curriculum. To learn more about Cosmetic Arts at Mitchell, contact Vivian Easterling at or (704) 878-4372.