Gonzalez Among CV Tech’s 25 State Champions

Yajaira Gonzalez practices haircutting techniques in the salon at Canadian Valley Technology Center. Gonzalez, of Mustang, is a state champion in updos and haircuts and will compete in the national SkillsUSA contest next month in Louisville, Ky.

May 18, 2016

YUKON – There’s something mystical about hair. People have hair fixations.

Braids. Beads. Buns. Curlers. Cuts. Colors.

Updos. Down dos. Mohawks and faux hawks.

Yajaira (pronounced yuh-HIGH-duh) Gonzalez, 18, of Mustang, has always liked to “do” hair. She loves combing hair. Fixing hair. Straightening hair. Cutting hair. You name it, she loves it.

This hair attraction led her to enroll in the Cosmetology program at Canadian Valley Technology Center. A Mustang High School senior, Gonzalez, thought it would be fun to enter a district contest for hair styling.

The contest is sponsored by SkillsUSA, which is the student organization for those enrolled in technical, skilled and service occupations such as Cosmetology. SkillsUSA helps ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Gonzalez won the district contest and qualified for the state contest last month in Tulsa. To her amazement, she won the gold medal in updos and haircuts. Now a state champion, Gonzalez qualified for the national SkillsUSA contest next month in Louisville, Ky.

“I didn’t know how to react,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it. The hair color I did was more blended. It’s a color melt, going from dark to light gradually.”

She is one of 25 state champions district-wide at Canadian Valley. Students who win gold medals in approved categories at state qualify for national contests.

Gonzalez has been honing her skills in CV Tech’s on-campus salon. Students use their creativity to provide artistic hair, nail and skin care services.

Gonzalez is convinced she is wired for hair. It’s in her bloodlines, too. Both her aunt and grandpa work in the hair care industry. She envisions owning a salon one day and plans to pursue a business degree in college once she finishes the required number of hours.

Oklahoma law requires 1,500 hours of seat time in a licensed facility in order to sit for the state Cosmetology exam. High school students enrolled in CV Tech’s Cosmetology program benefit from a reduced requirement of 1,000 hours of training.

Gonzalez is the daughter of Nicholas Gonzalez and Ana Martinez of Mustang.

Though she relishes the opportunity to go to nationals, she’s a bit nervous too.

“I have not ridden on an airplane since I was too little to remember,” she said. “It hasn’t sunken in yet that I just finished first in the whole state.”

Gonzalez credits instructor Tammie Chastain for preparing her to do so well at contest.

Chastain said Gonzalez has not even finished the whole textbook, but her technique was good enough to beat the very best in the state.

Gonzalez recently fell short of another goal. She plays midfielder for the Bronco soccer team, which lost in the Class 6A state semifinals. There are two more goals before the end of the year.

First, she graduates high school on May 20. Soon afterward, she plans to win a national medal.


Gold Medals / State Champions

Brianna Adams, Mustang, Kailey Irwin, Mustang - Focus on Children (Instructor: Deborah White)

Gold Medals / State Champions

Stephanie Weber, Piedmont adult, Growth and Development (Director: Rhonda Reherman)
Biomedical Team: Sarah Hendershot, OKC adult, Cherry Boling, OKC adult, and Taylor Ford, Yukon adult (Director: Rhonda Reherman)

Gold Medals / State Champions

Rose Baum, El Reno Home School – Job Exhibit Long Hair Design (Instructor: Tammie Chastain)
Yajaira Gonzalez, Mustang – Cosmetology (Instructor: Tammie Chastain)
Kelsey Bailey, Okarche – Job Exhibit Nail Art (Instructor: Tammie Chastain)
Christopher Buckler, Piedmont – Carpentry (Instructor: Brian Deason)
Michael McGraw, Piedmont – Cabinetmaking (Instructor: Brian Deason)
Billy Parker, Yukon – Job Readiness Low Speed Buffing (Instructor: Jayson Floyd)
Robert Coulter, Yukon adult – CNC Turning Specialist (Instructor: Marc Belew)
Brooklyn Bailey, Yukon adult – Job Exhibit Nighttime Makeup (Instructor: Tammie Chastain)
Humberto Zapata, Yukon – Employment Application Process (Instructor: Micky Marsee)
Lino Rodriguez, El Reno – Sheet Metal (Instructor: J.W. Williams)

Silver Medals
Christopher Cantrell, Mustang – Job Exhibit Short Haircut (Instructor:  Tammie Chastain)
Molly Johnson, OKC Home School – Nail Care (Instructor:  Tammie Chastain)
Carmen Nissen, Yukon - T–Shirt Design (instructor:  Lechelle Calderwood)
Carmen Nissen, Yukon – Job Exhibit Graphic Design in Branding (instructor:  Lechelle Calderwood)
Chapter Business Procedure Team: Thaddeus Hattendorf, Mustang, Parker Stell, El Reno, Devin D’Avis, Mustang, Matthew Keeter, Mustang, Tanner Bute, Minco (Advisor:  Marc Belew)

Bronze Medals
Iridian Careno, Mustang – Job Exhibit Short Haircut (Instructor: Stephanie Davidson)
Madison Mitchell, Mustang – Job Exhibit Fantasy Makeup (Instructor: Stephanie Davidson)Zachary Brown, Yukon, and Brett Boese, OKC adult, – 3–D Visualization and Animation – (Instructor: Alex Smith)
Dakota Maroney, Yukon – Job Readiness Horticulture (Instructor: Jayson Floyd)
Mackenzie Boyle, Yukon adult – Esthetics (Instructor: Stephanie Davidson)

Silver Medals

Robert Clark, Mustang adult – Post-Secondary Visual Basic/C# Programming
Bronze Medals
Chase Clawson, Yukon – Secondary Visual Basic Programming/C# Programming
Secondary Video Production Team: Nikki Cooper, Yukon, MacKenzie Spears, El Reno, Colton Schwarz, Piedmont, Daniel Morrison, Minco
Dawson Edmonds, Yukon – Secondary Interview Skills
Chase Clawson, Yukon – Secondary Information Tech Concepts Open Event
Corrie Duvall, Yukon adult – Post-Secondary Digital Media Production

Gold Medals / State Champions

Desaray Hayes, Chickasha– Illustrated Talk (Instructor: Mary Beth Carver)

Gold Medals / State Champions

Heather Betten, Bradley adult, and Erin Schones, Tuttle adult(Director: Rhonda Reherman)

Gold Medals / State Champions
Jason Barron, Tuttle – HVAC Sheet Metal (Instructor: Brad Bute)
Michael McDonald, Alex – Welding Job Readiness (Instructor: Chad Bailey)
Dakota Treadaway, Rush Springs – Financial Fitness (Instructor: Chad Bailey)
Chyanne Blankenship, Rush Springs adult – Floral Design Job Readiness  (Instructor: Jallane Link)
Adrian Hughes, Chickasha – Carpet Maintenance  (Instructor: Chad Bailey)
Samuell Pearson, Alex – Small Engine Parts ID (Instructor: Chad Bailey)

Silver Medal
Mikey Trott, Chickasha adult – Hard Surface Maintenance  (Instructor: Chad Bailey)
Bronze Medals
Alex Pierce, Alex – Grounds Equipment Operation (Instructor: Chad Bailey)
Terry Armstrong, Tuttle– Welding Job Readiness (Instructor: Richard Farris)
Gage Nett, Tuttle – Tool ID  (Instructor: Chad Bailey)

Silver Medal

Ariel Thorson, Bethany – Medical Spelling (Instructors: Cheryl Brannum, Ted Harp, Corey Herndon)

Elected as statewide officers 2016-17
FCCLA: Desaray Hayes, Chickasha
SkillsUSA: Rose Baum, El Reno