Marinello Schools of Beauty cosmetology students Alicia Harley and Shirley Mills are two of the 24 finalists chosen to compete in this year’s Wella Student Competition at the 2013 America’s Beauty Show, March 9-11, 2013, in Chicago, IL.
“The student entries came in by mail, by hand, online and with passion,” noted Fabio Sementilli, Wella’s creative and technical director. “Wella is passionate about our commitment to supporting stylists throughout every stage of their career. This competition shines the spotlight on student stylists who create beauty and defy convention. We are fostering a community of young, driven and talented stylists: the Next Gen,” added Sementilli.
“Personally, I’m extremely proud of the work these young finalists entered and was honestly impressed by all of the students who entered the competition,” says Sementilli. “The Wella Student Competition continues to empower beauty school students year after year by providing a platform to perfect their craft and advance in the salon industry.”
Close to 500 entries were received from a total of 37 beauty schools nationwide. Student stylists competed in three categories – Wella Professionals, Clairol Professional and Sebastian Professional – and were asked to create an overall look that included hair color and style, plus, wardrobe and makeup on a live model. “Before” and “after” photos were then submitted to Wella for judging.
Harley’s entry in the Wella Professional category and Mills’s entry in the Sebastian Professional category were handpicked by Wella’s team of experts as finalists based on their interpretations of the original inspirations provided in the competition criteria. Both students will have the opportunity to show their work on their live models on stage at America’s Beauty Show before a prestigious panel of educators and judges. During their trip, they will also enjoy travel and accommodation sponsored by Marinello and Wella.


Alicia Harley’s (left) and Shirley Mill’s (right) photo entry earned each of them a spot as a finalist in the Annual P&G Salon Professional Student Stylist Competition at the 2013 America’s Beauty Show, March 11, 2013, in Chicago, IL.


“I’m very excited,” Harley, a senior cosmetology student form Marinello’s Moreno Valley campus, shares. “I’m certain it will be a very good learning experience for me especially because my ultimate dream is to become a celebrity stylist.”

Mills, whose dream is to become a renowned high end salon owner, says, “I feel honored. I look forward to getting exposure at the show and networking with others.” She is currently a junior cosmetology student at Marinello’s Torrington campus and decided to join the competition because of her passion for beauty and drive to succeed in the industry.
In a separate category of the Wella Student Competition, student stylists were given the chance to nominate their mentor or instructor in the Instructor of the Year Award. Andee Holmes from Marinello’s Torrington campus, Casey Ramos from Marinello’s Enfield campus, and Cristina Woods and Shanell Blackshear from Marinello’s Moreno Valley campus have been nominated by their students for this special recognition.
Harley and Mills attribute much of their success to Marinello’s professional instructors.
“I get most of my inspiration from my teachers,” expresses Harley. “Mrs. Quinnecia Jackson, Ms. Christina Wordson, and Ms. Shanell Blackshear…I am very grateful for everything I’ve learned from them.”
Mills’s favorite mentor on the other hand is Ms. Andee Holmes. “She has taught me to stay positive and to never give up.”
If chosen as winners, Harley and Mills will receive a cash prize, an all-expense paid trip to an awards show in Los Angeles, and one-year supply of Wella products.
The Wella Student Competition will be judged LIVE, on the Wella exhibit stage, from Noon – 2:00 p.m., by a panel of industry glitterati, including Wella Top Stylist Nick Berardi; Team I.C.A.N’s Kathryn Hornick; 2012 International Trend Vision Award Gold Winner and Wella Top Stylist Phillip Ferreira; 2011 North America Trend Vision Award Gold Winner and Wella Top Stylist Shirley Gordon; Wella Global Academy Dean Stephen Moody and Wella Lead Educator Kelly Pennington.

For those unable to catch the live competition, it will be webcast live via


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