Wella School Students Sweep Competition

Top prize winner Lydia Mikal, right, with Sassoon Academy Creative Director Mark Hayes and Bellus Academy's Lynelle Lynch

Second-place honores went to Kayla Skaggs, left, seen here with Jim Yates and Brenda Scharman of Cameo College

Wella school students took the top two spots at the 2010 Sassoon Academy/School Connection (SASC) Cut and Color Contest at the ISSE Show in Long Beach earlier this year. Lydia Mikal from the Wella Signature School Bellus Academy, San Diego, CA, took home the top prize—a five-day ABC Cutting Course at the Sassoon Academy in London. Kayla Skaggs from Wella Signature School Honors Beauty, Indianapolis, IN, received a five-day ABS Cutting Course at the new Sassoon Academy in Chicago, as well as a $500 education voucher for her second-place win.

All prizes for this year's contest were contributed by the Wella Signature School Program. In addition to her prize, Lydia Mikal also received a trip to New York City to attend the U.S. Wella Trend Vision Competition this fall. Lydia will also be automatically entered in the Trend Vision competition, giving her a chance to compete in the Wella International Trend Vision event in Paris. "This contest was an extraordinary opportunity for our students," said Lynelle Lynch, Bellus Academy's owner. "It builds credibility and gives our students real-world, on-stage experience."