Cosmetology Students Take Top Prizes in Competition


Wilson Tech students took home top prizes in several categories at the Long Island Cosmetology Teachers’ Guild 52nd annual Student Hairstyling Competition May 9.

The guild is comprised of Long Island teachers who meet monthly to share ideas, skills and educational materials related to the cosmetology field.  At the annual competition, students vie for prizes in six categories:  Senior Styling, Junior Styling, Color, Mannequin Styling, Junior Fantasy, and Senior Fantasy, awarding medals to first through sixth place finishers. (See photos here.)

Whidlyn KernizarNineteen of the 36 medals awarded this year were earned by students in Wilson Tech’s high school and adult programs. Congratulations to the following winners and their teachers–JoMarie Anderson, Kathy Burke, Joanna Holik, Karen Milian and Alyson Ponzetti:

Mannequin Category

1st: Corinne Charbonneau, Elwood HS
2nd: Whidlyn Kernizar, Amityville HS (photo left)
3rd: Michaela Hunt, Kings Park HS
5th: Salma Almonte, West Babylon HS
6th: Yani Schiappacasse, adult student


1st: Rosalie Evan, Elwood HS (model: Madison Hirshon, Commack HS)
3rd: Cassandra Pierce, Kings Park HS (model: Alexandria Bruzzi, Harborfields HS)
5th: Emilie Padnick, Northport HS (model: Danielle Klein, Commack HS)

Junior Styling

2nd: Colleen Moran, Northport HS (model: Dana DiGiglio, Deer Park HS)

Senior Styling

1st: Gabriella Collaro, adult student (model: Emily Ciaccio, adult)
5th: Alanah Kleeman, Smithtown HS (model: Gionna Ibenez, Commack HS)Bailee Lawlor
6th: Katelyn Stanjones, Northport HS

Junior Fantasy

1st: Cierra Roberson, West Babylon HS (model Bailee Lawlor, Lindenhurst HS photo right)
2nd: Janet Valverde, Deer Park HS (model: Francesca Polsinelli, Cold Spring Harbor HS
4th: Katie Harrison, Commack HS (model: Emily Matias, Lindenhurst HS)
6th: Amanda Seger, North Babylon HS (model: Kim Puglisi, North Babylon HS)

Senior Fantasy

3rd: Ashley Ingordino, Lindenhurst HS (model: Olivia Costellano, Lindenhurst HS)
4th: Haily Reese, West Babylon HS (model: Isabella Commarata, West Babylon HS)
6th: Jasmen Behling, North Babylon HS (model: Stephanie Passos, Half Hollow Hills East HS)