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Uniontown business institute team places third in state

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Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011

Cosmetology students at the Laurel Business Institute in Uniontown showed off their style and found out they have "the look."

A five-member team from LBI finished in third place at a "Total Look" competition held recently in Williamsburg, according to Debra Dulik, who has been employed as a cosmetology instructor at the school for two years.

LBI competed against 13 teams in the statewide competition, which featured a "Dress for Success" theme.

The members of LBI's team included Greg Jack, Paola Myers and Maria Kubacki, all of Brownsville, Regina Gatts of Masontown and Nate Guty of Uniontown. Kubacki and Guty served as models during the competition.

"The students were quite excited about the competition," Dulik said. "They had about two months to prepare for it. The students did a really excellent job considering that this is the first time that we entered a competition."

Administrators and instructors at LBI are hoping that this will mark the first of many awards for the cosmetology students, according to Dulik.

"The school was quite proud and impressed that the cosmetology students brought home an award," she said. "They kind of blew us out of the water with the level of skill that they displayed during the competition. It was amazing. They currently have their award on display at the school, and they are quite proud."

Dulik, who was the instructor in charge of preparing the team for the competition, gave all of the credit to the students.

"I really didn't help them. The students did all of the work," she said. "The students collaborated together and came up with the idea. They picked out the wardrobe. I'm very proud of the excellent job they did."

Because it was a "Total Look" competition and the theme was "Dress for Success," Dulik said the students were in charge of designing hair, makeup and nails and selecting the wardrobe for the female model. The students also cut and styled the male model's hair and selected his wardrobe.

"The students did an excellent job of following the theme," she said.

Laurel Business Institute currently has approximately 40 students enrolled in the cosmetology program, which includes three semesters. The program has been offered for the past seven years.

"We plan to start entering more cosmetology competitions in the future," Dulik said. "With the new year just starting, no competitions have been announced yet. But we're waiting to see what is available this year so our students can enter and hopefully bring home another award for the school."

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