One Step Closer

Cosmetology students pass written exams


Sheryl Parks

Kelsey Fuller, Raygan Pate, Harlea Haynes, and April Sanchez

Cameron May

Hard work paid off for four Rusk cosmetology students as they passed their Cosmetology Operator Written Exam and came one step closer to earning their licenses.

“It was a relief because it was hard and only has a 50% passing rate,” senior Harlea Haynes said.

For the past two years, these four girls have been going to cosmetology school in Palestine. They have learned to cut hair, style hair, and do nails, but it was not always the easiest.

“The most challenging part is learning new stuff, and new rules from their standpoint,” senior April Sanchez said.

Most of the girls plan to continue working in the field of cosmetology in the future.

“I’m taking the practicum for cosmetology, and interested in doing hair,” Harlea said. ” I’ve always loved playing with hair, so I thought I could try it out.”

Others are taking on different focus with their future plans in cosmetology.

“I plan to get my esthetician license to specialize in skin and nails,” senior Raygan Pate said. “I’ve always been into makeup and beauty culture.”

The next step for the girls will be a hands on practical exam where they will be using mannequins. If the girls pass this exam, they will earn their state licence, so they will be able to get a job in the cosmetology field.