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Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – Blow driers were humming, flat irons were steaming and fans were drying freshly-painted nails as nearly forty special guests enjoyed a morning of pampering during Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES’ Spring Cosmetology Event.
Cosmetology students completing their two-year program at BOCES’ Tech Center invited individuals who had inspired them throughout their lives to the annual event. Mothers, grandmothers and sisters were among those treated to haircuts, manicures and waxing services. The pampering was followed by an extensive buffet brunch prepared by the Tech Center’s culinary students.
“This event is the culmination of two years of work and gives the students an opportunity to showcase their skills,” said teacher Pat Gilman. “It’s the closing of one chapter before they move on to the next phase of their journey.” Some of the students are going directly into the workplace, while many are going on to college or advanced training, according to Gilman.
BOCES’ Cosmetology program is a two-year program for high school juniors and seniors. Upon completion, the students are eligible to take the New York State exam to become licensed cosmetologists.
At the brunch, newly coiffed guests enjoyed eggs, bacon, waffles, bagels and even ice cream sundaes. After the meal, each student presented her guest with a written reflection on how that individual had affected the student’s life. At each table, hugs and tears were plentiful as these moving tributes were read. A raffle topped off the festivities and winners left with beauty products, gift cards, jewelry and candles.
Two students addressed the group during the brunch, describing their experience in the cosmetology program. Kristen Gaunt, a senior from Mahopac High School, said, “I used to not care about my grades or school. My two years at the Tech Center have changed me in a very positive way. I made a second family here.” Casey Ciaramella, also a senior from Mahopac High School, talked about how the program was more challenging than she had expected and “things that were hard at first became easier.” She said that the program had turned out to be “the best choice” and one that had changed her life.