Two NW-SCC Students Earn National Honors

NW-SCC students Rainey Johnson, L, (gold) and Julie Stegall, R (bronze) flank MeLinda Grissom, NW-SCC SkillsUSA sponsor & Salon and Spa Instructor. (NWSCC photo)

MUSCLE SHOALS - Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) students are some of the best in the nation. They recently were awarded medalist honors in Esthetics and Nail Care at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Ky.

Rainey Johnson of Moulton won the gold medal (1st place in the nation) in the Esthetics at the national competition. She became the first national gold medalist out of the Salon and Spa Management Program in the College’s history. Julie Stegall of Florence won the bronze medal (3rd place in the nation) in Nail Care.

According to NW-SCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross, NW-SCC Salon and Spa students didn’t just make history at the 2019 national SkillsUSA competition. They are making a name for the college nationally. “I could not be more proud of our Salon and Spa and Carpentry students,” said Colagross. “They are raising the bar every year. A few years ago our carpentry and cabinetmaking program had two national medalists, and now our salon and spa program has two. I truly believe we have the best students and instructors in the nation.”

Grissom’s First

NW-SCC Salon and Spa Management instructor, MeLinda Grissom, had the opportunity to teach the two salon and spa medalists and knows how difficult it is to accomplish a gold and bronze on the national level. “I have been teaching cosmetology over 20 years, and this is the first time I have had the privilege of training a gold medalist,” stated Grissom. “The group of students we took to nationals is truly special. This year, six of our seven Salon and Spa students placed nationally in the top 10.”

Rainey Johnson is the first Salon and Spa Management student to win the national gold medal in Northwest-Shoals history. “It is an honor and a privilege to have won the first gold medal for the Northwest-Shoals Salon and Spa program,” said Johnson. “I honestly wouldn’t be here without the support and guidance of my instructors. I am truly blessed to be representing Northwest-Shoals.”

Other than Johnson and Stegall, NW-SCC had five other students place in the top 10 at the 2019 National SkillsUSA competition:

• Becca Belue, of Rogersville, (10th in Cosmetology)

• Magan Stewart, of Anderson, (8th in Customer Service)

• Kesha Davis, of Courtland, (10th in Job Skill Demonstration Open)

• Porshe Paris, of Florence, (6th in Job Skill Demonstration A)

• Grady LeCroy, of Florence, (7th in Carpentry)

NW-SCC SkillsUSA sponsors are MeLinda Grissom, Callie Bankston, Brittney Doran, Titus Grisham, and Jessie White.

The 2019 SkillsUSA National Championships placed approximately 6,500 outstanding career and technical education students against each other in elite hands-on competition in 103 different skill and leadership fields.