Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC) Cosmetology I (Junior class) students recently learned the proper techniques for manicures. Students in Mrs. Jackie Kennion’s first year Cosmetology class had to demonstrate the safe and correct handling of nail implements and tools and exhibit proper setup of a manicuring table. They also had to perform a basic and conditioning manicure incorporating all safety, sanitation, and disinfection requirements for the SC State Board Practical Examination.

Manicures are one of the eight topics for the SC Stateboard Practical Examination. This practice consists of twenty steps that the students are required to know and demonstrate in front of the judges. Mrs. Kennion likes to quiz the students while they are working to ensure they can say and demonstrate each step. Joy Johnson, a junior at STCTC was asked how many times she was supposed to polish the nails using the red polish. Johnson stated to Mrs. Kennion, “I should polish the nail three times with the red polish,” which was the correct answer. Careese Carree, also a junior, was getting base polish on her nails. When asked which finger Mia McClenney started with Carree stated “the pinky finger,” which again was correct. The students also gave each other hand massages. Massaging hands using the proper technique is also part of the manicure process.


“Our cosmetology students take their state boards in the spring each year and we typically perform at 100% passage rate. These students have to perform each step correctly, as well as troubleshoot and problem solve,” explained Jackie Kennion, Cosmetology teacher. Problem Solving is one of ECSD’s (Edgefield County School District) characteristics of a “World Class Citizen.” ECSD is focused on ensuring its graduates are prepared for success by focusing on the skills needed by business and industry.


The Rebels Cut Salon is open several days through the school year. For more information, please contact: Jackie Kennion at 803.275.1767 ext. 95524 or email:



Cosmetology students polishing nails

Pictured from Left to right: Joy Johnson, Lindsey Padgett, Mia McClenney, Caresse Carree, Allasia Bell, Chelsea Donaldson, Sha’Quana Jerry, Quneesha Callaham.