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Meet Kendra

Cosmetology studentKendra Roberts, a student in the Cosmetology Program on the Laurel Campus of Somerset Community College, won an all-expense paid trip to Paris, France, as a result of her First Place finish in the National SkillsUSA Competition held in Kansas City, Missouri. 

In addition to her Gold Medal and trip to France, Roberts also won a $3,000 merchandise basket filled with equipment to help her begin her career.

“It was awesome,” Roberts said of her victory. “It was held in the Kemper Arena in Kansas City. There were 10,000 people in the audience. It was one of the highlights of my life. I’ve never been to Europe, but I’ve always wanted to travel.”

During her visit to France, Roberts will be working with Salvatore Fodera, the President of Organisation Mondiale Coiffure (OMC), which translates “World Hair Organization.”

Fodera is the founder and owner of Salon Fodera located at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. He is a former Gold Medal winner of the World Hairdressing Championships.

At the conclusion of her visit to Paris, Roberts will have the opportunity to compete with the team from the United States in the World Hairdressing Championships, the Olympics of Cosmetology, in November, 2010.

Roberts graduated from SCC in May with a certificate in Cosmetology. She passed her state board exams in June and is now working at Unique Hair Boutique in London.

Roberts graduated from Leslie County High School. She moved to London 10 years ago. She is married to Todd Roberts. They have two children: Haleigh, 8, and Terrah, 7.