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South Tech Hosts Day of Beauty
for Southview Prom Students


Thanks to Cosmetology students at SSD’s South Technical High School, students at SSD’s Southview School got their hair styled, their nails manicured, and their makeup applied for prom night.

“I am so excited,” said Southview junior Sarah Sharp as she consulted with her stylist on the day of the event. “I am wearing a pink dress to prom. I like getting my hair done. The best part of today is going to be dancing at prom.”

The day of beauty was a treat for all of those involved. The Cosmetology students at South Tech take their state board exams as part of the class and gained valuable experience working with the Southview students.

“It’s all about making others feel good,” said Marquisha Terry, a senior at South Tech and Kirkwood High School in the Kirkwood School District. “Today we are making them feel beautiful inside and out.”

Southview students were able to choose what services they wanted to receive. Hair styling, makeup and manicures were all available.

South Tech’s Cosmetology program allows students to learn in a full-service interactive salon and spa environment. They use their creativity to provide a wide range of hair, nail and skincare services. And they get to work with a professional cosmetologist while developing their own point of view.

“This is such a great experience for the South Tech students to work with kids from Southview,” said South Tech teacher Jean Werner. “They come away from this day appreciating the opportunities that they have.”

To help the Southview students prepare for their day of beauty, their teachers and paraprofessionals helped them search the Internet for hairstyles. And then they brought pictures with them to their stylists.

Kilia Summers, a senior at South Tech and Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, summed it up by saying that it was exciting to help the students feel extra special for their prom.

“We were happy to help them prepare for prom and hope they had a lot of fun,” said Summers.

 

Southview prom students group photo
South Tech’s Cosmetology students prepare for a day of beauty with Southview students.

Southview prom photo 2
Sarah Sharp, a junior at Southview, consults with her stylist, South Tech senior Miquella Allen-Cochran.

Southview prom photo 3
Caroline Kijowski, a junior at Southview, gets ready to get her hair styled for prom.

Southview prom photo 4
Hannah Henke, a junior at Southview School, gets her fingernails manicured by South Tech senior Jessica Koenig as an SSD staff member looks on.

Southview prom photo 5
From left, Caroline Kijowski and Sarah Sharp, juniors at Southview, pose for an after shot with Sarah’s stylist, South Tech senior Miquella Allen-Cochran.

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