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Jellico senior wins state competition

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By Deidre Wilson

Jellico High School senior Tiffany Marlow won the gold medal in esthetics at the SkillsUSA state conference in Chattanooga on April 11.

“As soon as they called my name for gold, my heart started pounding,” Marlow said.

“It was a relief that all of our hard work had finally paid off.”

Marlow won the gold medal in esthetics in the regional SkillsUSA competition in Knoxville in February.

She has competed for the past two years in the local competition between the career and technical education classes and JHS and Campbell County High School.

Although this is her first year competing in SkillsUSA competitions, Marlow went into them with confidence.

“I’m positive about my work, and I knew [cosmetology instructor] Mandi [Martin] wouldn’t have sent me if she wasn’t confident in me.”

She thanked Martin for her support.

“What really helped me is having the support of Mandi and my parents at the competition. It really helped boost my confidence,” she said.

Marlow beat out 13 other high school students from around the state for the gold.

She qualified to compete in the national competition in Louisville, Ky., June 19-23.

As part of the competition, Marlow was required to take a written test, complete a basic facial, beauty makeup application, and fantasy makeup application. (This year’s theme was Flora and Fauna for fantasy makeup).

Marlow, 18, plans to attend Paul Mitchell: The School in late summer.

She has taken cosmetology at JHS since her freshman year, but it wasn’t until the end of her sophomore year that she began to consider it as a career.

“When I first took it, I wasn’t sure if it was something I would like,” she said.

“Now, I’m absolutely sure. It’s like it came natural to me.”

She also credits Martin with nurturing her interest in the field.

She said she plans to focus on cutting and coloring hair when she first enters the workforce but eventually wants to get her esthetician’s license to do professional hair removal and makeup application.