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M State - Wadena student advances to national SkillsUSA competition

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Julie Sydow of Battle Lake, a student in the cosmetology program at M State ­-- Wadena, is advancing to the national SkillsUSA competition after winning first place at the state-level competition in March.

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Sydow took the top prize in the cosmetology category of hair design. She now represents M State and the state of Minnesota at the national SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., from June 20-25.

Also among the top competitors in the state SkillsUSA contest was M State -- Wadena student Terry Benzi-Ellingson of Dalton, who won a bronze medal in cosmetology -- hair.

Marie Hauge of Dent, a student in the electrical line worker program and parliamentarian of the state Skills chapter, also competed for Wadena in job interview and extemporaneous speaking.

"These students go above and beyond their normal training and put in a lot of extra hours preparing themselves for such an event," cosmetology instructor Rory Wgeishofski, the SkillsUSA adviser for Wadena students, said. "I couldn't be more proud of our students."

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The state and

national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.

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