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Driggers is state esthetics winner


Emily Driggers of Elba is the first-place esthetics winner in the Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, Career Expo and State Championships held in Birmingham in late April. 

Driggers is completing the esthetics program at LBW Community College in Opp, and will participate in national competition in June.

 “I am very excited,” she said. “I was nervous, but once I got into it, I realized how prepared I was.”

Denise Sauls, LBWCC esthetics instructor, said the competition consisted of a written exam, oral assessment, performing a facial, creating a daytime makeup look, and a fantasy look.

“Emily is a very creative and committed student and I’m sure she will do great at nationals,” said Sauls.  “She was a standout at state competition. When we looked at the score, she was more than 100 points ahead of second place.”

With the theme of “Wizard of Oz” for this year’s fantasy design competition, Driggers said she was expecting others to choose the wicked witch, tin man or the lion.

 “I wanted to do the scarecrow and spruce it up, so I chose the sunflower because my model’s skin holds bright colors really well.”

Fellow LBWCC esthetics student Lakeyendal Taylor of Luverne volunteered to be the model.

“She is so great. She was very patient in getting her face painted every day,” said Driggers.

As she prepares for graduation on May 10, Driggers is looking to the future and considering job opportunities. Before she settles into a routine, however, she will continue to practice as she prepares to attend the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo., next month. 

For more information on LBWCC’s esthetics program, contact Denise Sauls at 334-493-5328, or visit 

PHOTO by Frank Couch, Birmingham: Emily Driggers of Elba creates a fantasy design with model Lakeyendal Taylor of Luverne in the Alabama SkillsUSA esthetics competition, representing LBW Community College in Opp and winning first place.

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