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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two North Peace Secondary School students brought home some hardware from the Hair Dressing Provincial Skills competition in Vancouver earlier this month.

One student, who could not be named, competed against five of the best high school competitors and won a silver medal.

Dakota Pruden competed against five of B.C.’s best college students and brought home bronze.

Dakota Pruden with teacher Kara Myllymaki. (Provided)

“I am so grateful for the experience I had, and I couldn’t have done so well if it wasn’t for the wonderful teachings from Myllymaki,” Pruden said of the experience.

Kara Myllymaki has been teaching the hairdressing courses for the Northern Lights College and NPSS dual credit program for the past ten years and has been teaching in the district since 2002.

In the past, Vancouver Community College has swept the competition, gaining medals and attention from the judges, according to NPSS.

This year Myllymaki was happy with the compliments her students received.

“Both students were complimented on their training and their professionalism, both of which is such a compliment to our program and training in our district,” said Myllymaki.

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Shailynn Foster is a news reporter for energeticcity.ca. Shailynn has been writing since she was 7 years old, but only recently started her journey as a journalist. Shailynn was born and raised in Fort St. John and she watches way too much YouTube, Netflix and Disney+ during the week while playing DND on the weekends.