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CLARIONnews 6 Cosmetology Department lends helping hands Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Citrus College Clarion

Cosmo students display their inner beauty while volunteering for underprivileged youth. Melanie Gudino / Managing Editor


he Citrus College cosmetology program and Rosemead High School teamed up for an Italian-themed “Mi Amore” prom for Rosemead students with disabilities and disadvantages at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles on April 27. Michelle Ban, adviser for Rosemead High, helped organize this event along with instructor Tara Douglas, despite the fact that it hasn’t happened in years. “They did it a long time ago, they just never did it again. I don’t know if it was because of low interest or too much of a hassle but for whatever reason it has come back around,” Ban said. More than 30 cosmetology students were involved this event along with instructors and teacher aid. The count of Rosemead students who attended the “Mi Amore” prom was more than 100, not including their dates. Citrus students used different techniques in hairstyling, make-up and nails to fit the outfits the Rosemead students had chosen. “For a lot of those students it will be their first time getting their hair and make-up done,” Ban said. Justine Caro, 22, cosmetology major, felt honored of the experience to do the hair and make-up for students. “For us to help out other students is a privilege because I know this wasn’t offered at my school. We are able to help out the students who don’t have the funds to feel pretty and to enjoy themselves.” Douglas said, “This is my passion: to help my community and organize these events for three years. We have planned this since February and we do more events like ‘Unity’ in August, which is a big event at the Santa Anita Racetrack where we do back-to-school for underprivileged kids.” Rosemead student Mikayla Aguliar said, “Not a lot of schools offer these kind of events where cosmetology students do our make-up and hair for free. Rosemead has made this event affordable so everyone can come to get their hair and make-up done.” The event at the Ebell Club in downtown Los Angeles offered a top-ofthe-line seated course dinner thanks to fundraising by the class of 2013-14. It was difficult for the Rosemead students to help raise the money. They were selling chocolate bars around Rosemead and hosting car washes with a goal to raise $1,000 a month for this event to happen. This three-year process offered raffle opportunities to make prom dresses, hair and make-up, corsages and photography affordable for the Rosemead students attending this event. Ban’s final note, “We are promising this will be the best night of your lives.”

(Left to RIGHT) Lauren Crone, Alice Yang and professor Tara Douglas create the finishing touches for prom.

Photos courtesy of Ricky Lin and Ferdinand Rosadi

Kesirin Tanwongprasert curls Cindy Valladares‘ hair for prom-themed “Mi Amore” on April 27.

Giti homayonpoor shows Rosemead student Ashley Mang her final make up before her fitting.

Clarion students succeed at state convention

The student publication staff of Citrus College traveled to Sacramento for the experience of a lifetime.

Citrus College Clarion

Members of the Citrus College communications program celebrate after a good showing at the 2013 JACC State Competition. Jo Jamison / A&E Editor


t was an exhilarating three days of workshops, competitions, and awards for Citrus College communication students at the 58th Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention in Sacramento. The Clarion delegation, including students and two instructors, arrived at the convention on April 11. The event offered more than 40 workshops, professional advice on career development, networking opportunities, and many on the spot competitions. More than 500 students from 40 community colleges

attended. JACC is a California-based non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of community college journalism students. The organization is comprised of NorCal and SoCal divisions. An elected board of directors represents both students and faculty from around the state. Bring-in category winners from Citrus College included Javier Galaviz, fourth place, and Cole Petersen, honorable mention. Winners in the publications category included David Tate, first place for profile feature, fourth place for profile feature, and fourth place for opinion writing; John Garcia, second place for editorial writing; and

Sydney Presley, fourth place for tabloid layout. In the on-the-spot category, winners included Christopher Floch, honorable mention for broadcast news writing; Christian Rodriguez, second place for editorial cartoon; David Tate, third place for feature writing; and Anne-Marie Miranda, David Tate, and Javier Galaviz, meritorious award for video journalism. “It was a really good experience and it was my first time going,” said Ashley Vawter, who won the team feature competition. “I feel more enthusiastic about journalism now. It was great to be among a community of people who love to do the same thing you do. All the passion from everyone was overwhelming,” Chris Floch agreed. “It was a fantastic trip, one of the best in my life. I learned so much,” he said. “I competed and placed in broadcast news writing, a subject I had never practiced before. It was completely different from feature writing, news writing, or opinion writing. I feel so much closer to the staff and all the people who do communications and journalism at Citrus.” David Tate, editor in chief of the Clarion newspaper, was pleased with the dedication and effort shown at competition. “This was my third time at JACC and my second time at the state convention. It was my best time going out of the three times,” said Tate. “I’ve never been happier or more proud of this group.” “The most gratifying part as the current adviser and instructor is seeing the growth of the students who participated in JACC,” said Meg O’Neil, Clarion Adviser. “Some of the students were in contests for which they had zero preparation. I think this shows courage and if they persevere the results can be quite startling.” Winners from the 2013 State Convention in Sacramento can be found at conferences/state-convention.

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