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Lanier Tech students awarded for hard work
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Leah Humphrey, right, works on Tonya Sheets nails at one of the stations at the Lanier Tech salon. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

The Dawson Campus of Lanier Technical College now has two more accolades to add to the list.

During the 2015 competition held at the Georgia International Conference Center on March 26-28, two students brought home silver medals in their respective categories.

Tonya Sheets and Leah Humphrey placed second in the classifications of Cosmetology and Nail Care, respectively, in the SkillsUSA competition.

"SkillsUSA is an organization where our students can showcase their talents," said Lanier Tech Skills Advisor Jayna Durden.

Students compete on a local level within each department.

"The winner of that is the one that we train to go to the Skills competition," Durden said. "All of the people at that competition are the tops from all over the state."

Durden said the students prepare for the contest as much as they can.

"Tonya and Leah have spent at least three afternoons out of a week for the last month preparing for this," she said. "Sometimes they were here until 9 p.m., after being here all morning doing their classwork to get ready."

The students' hard work paid off.

"I was so excited. I couldn't believe it when they called my name," said Sheets. "I've been working on this style for three weeks getting ready."

This is Sheets' first semester in the Lanier Tech salon.

Humphrey, the nails contest winner , said she had been preparing for the event for some time.

"I've been preparing for this for months," she said. "I was relieved when they called my name. It was a lot of work, but to place second felt good."

Humphrey has been working with nails since September 2014.

For more information about Lanier Technical College or its salon, visit or call (770) 533-7000.