A Hartlepool student’s skills wowed the judges in a recent competition.
East Durham College student, Laura Dovaston, was crowned as the best student beautician in the region at a recent inter college contest.
The 20-year-old from Hartlepool, who studies on the Fashion, Theatre, Media Hair and Make-up studies course at East Durham College, was awarded first place at the North East Consortium Inter-College Competitions.
The earlier rounds of the competition took place at colleges across the region over the last few months with the finals held this week at Newcastle College’s Ryehill Campus.
Laura beat off stiff competition from 11 other colleges to win the Ladies Evening category at the finals day.
The young woman was shocked to find out she had won the award but hailed it as her proudest achievement during her time at East Durham College.
Laura said: “It was a fantastic competition to be a part of, competing against your peers from other colleges around the region really makes you raise your game and compete to the best of your ability.
“We have worked really hard over the last couple of months, since the semi-finals back in Peterlee, in March, to make sure we were prepared coming into the finals, and all that preparation has really paid off.
“I am really proud of what I have achieved today, but I must thank the fantastic staff from East Durham College who have helped me achieve this great moment.”