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In her own words, Luna Community College Dental Assisting student Monica Garcia said she was “shocked and nervous” when she heard her name called after winning the gold medal at Saturday’s New Mexico SkillsUSA closing ceremony at the Crown Plaza.
“I love the dental assisting program,” said Garcia minutes after receiving her gold medal. “I had been out of school for five years and the experience has been great. I was well prepared. I’m looking forward to competing at the national level.”
Garcia will be the lone Luna Community College student to travel to the SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City. The competition will be held in June.
It was a clean sweep for Luna Community College in the dental assisting category. Joining Garcia on stage to receive medals were Devinn Martinez, who won the silver medal. Maria Chavez took the bronze medal.
Two Luna Community College cosmetology students took second and third place. It was the best showing in this category over the last few years. Amanda Silva brought home the silver medal with Danielle Carpenter winning the bronze medal.
“I’m still shocked over it; it hasn’t sunk in,” said Silva. “I wasn’t expecting it.”
Silva said she thinks it was her up-do hairstyle that earned her the silver.
“I practiced it every day for the last month and the judges said it was very detailed. I’m happy I got second-place. I like the cosmetology program here at a Luna. I hope to get a job in the field this summer and in a couple of years open my own shop.”
Frances Martinez, along with her model Kimberly Gonzales, won the silver medal in the nail care category.
“It was challenging, fun and exciting,” said Martinez. “There was some pressure, but overall it was a nice experience. Right now, I’m getting ready to take board examinations.”
Luna Community College Culinary Arts student Terri Stafford took third place in commercial baking.
“Overall, it was a good experience for all our students; I’m really proud of them,” said LCC SkillsUSA adviser and State Board member Anthony Baca.