Student Successes

STAFF and students at Stoke on Trent College are celebrating this week after reaching the finals in two national competitions.

Talented hair, beauty and make-up students fought off tough competition from more than 40 colleges to be place third highest scoring college overall at the regional finals of the AHT UK Trainee Competition 2013 held in Blackpool.

The score came on the back of a win in the nail art category by student Andrea Gordon, a second place for Abigail Snape for face painting, a third place for theatrical make-up student Dina Muir and hairdressing student Samantha Barber in the team bridal section, and a fourth place secured by Lisa Phillips in the 1960s make-up category.

Course team leader, Rachel Lea, said:

“We’ve won at Blackpool before, which almost adds to the pressure to do well, but we won something in every category we entered. All the students who have won places in these regional finals will now go through to the AHT finals in March, though to get placed in the regional heats is an amazing achievement as they were up against as many as 40 competitors in some categories.”

Following on from their success in Blackpool, theatrical and media make-up student Stephanie Tabbanor is one of four students who have been selected by judges to go through to the finals of the Royal Opera House Design Challenge.

The other three finalists are Rhona-Anne Breeze, Deeanne Latham and Jack Meddings, who have gone through in the marketing design category.

More than 40 students entered the challenge, producing concepts for the opera’s upcoming performance in Tosca in costume design, theatrical hair and make-up, set design and educational resource. These were scrutinised by staff from London’s Royal Opera House last week.

Charles Bartholomew, Assistant Director  of Media and Performing Arts, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that we have four students who have made it through as finalists in this year’s Royal Opera House Design Challenge at Covent Garden on February 28. This year’s competition is based around Tosca, and there have been a record amount of entries from around the UK, so this is a great honour for all involved and an excellent reflection of how students from Stoke on Trent College can compete at the highest level.”

The competition is run by the National Skills Academy in partnership with the Royal Opera House, and last year Stoke on Trent College were winners in the wigs and make-up section, and were invited behind the scenes during a performance of La Boheme at the world famous Covent Garden venue.

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