Intercoiffure and Pivot Point Student Contest

Intercoiffure and Pivot Point Announce Winners of Nouveau Student Contest

October 07th, 2022

Intercoiffure America Canada and Pivot Point recently held an international contest for young talent still in beauty school. The focus was based around the students’ passion for texture and why texture is important.

“Pivot Point is honored to partner with Intercoiffure America Canada on the Intercoiffure Nouveau Student competition,” says Robert Passage, chairman and CEO of Pivot Point International. “We are a third-generation, family business owned and run by licensed beauty professionals, and, as educators working with beauty school students and their instructors every day, we recognize their tremendous talent. This competition is critically important in sharing that passion and creativity with Intercoiffure salons and the larger beauty industry as a whole.”

“We are especially proud that the theme is texture, reflecting the diversity of both our industry and our customers,” Passage says. “The outstanding Intercoiffure Nouveau Student entries showcase how, as beauty professionals, we can provide our customers with a valuable service and help bring people and communities together. Thank you, Intercoiffure!”

For the first round of the competition, students uploaded a short video where they shared why texture is important. Six finalists were selected, each of which was sent Pivot Point’s elite showcase mannequin “Michelle” who has extremely wavy hair. They were challenged to use any cut, color or style to accentuate the beauty of her natural texture.

Finalists include:

  • Brooklyn Hayes (instructor Kylie Neitz) from Eveline Charles Academy, Alberta, Canada.
  • Dante Alotta (instructor Rodrick Samuels) from Hairlab Detroit, Michigan.
  • Trishelle Pena (instructor Sharell Allen) from Carteret Community College, North Carolina.
  • Varanys Rodriguez (instructor Christina Franklin) from Eric Fisher Academy, Kansas.
  • Vernesha Chisanga (instructor Hope Yelding) from Empire Beauty School, Michigan.
  • Shauna McCorkle (instructor Ellysse J. Clarke) from Tennessee School of Beauty, Tennessee.

The winning student was Shauna McCorkle from the Tennessee School of Beauty, whose instructor is Ellysse J. Clarke. McCorkle and her instructor were flown to New York City to be honored on stage at the Intercoiffure America Canada Fall Atelier. Each of the finalist’s entries were honored on screen at the Intercoiffure America Canada Fall Atelier in New York City and will be featured on their website at

Intercoiffure and Pivot Point Student Contest TSB WinnerAbout Intercoiffure America Canada: Intercoiffure America Canada (ICA), is a prestigious association that welcomes talented, successful salon owners of high moral and ethical character to share friendship, knowledge, and creativity. It’s one of forty sections within the global organization Intercoiffure Mondial. Hairdressers from America and Canada are united through ICA, upholding fairness, equality, professionalism, and change for the better. Members of this organization strive to be the best they can be as salon owners, community leaders, influencers, and human beings that share the common connection of beautifying the world around them. For additional information, visit

About Pivot Point International: Pivot Point International, the driving force behind digital learning and development for hair and beauty education, has been pushing the industry forward for nearly 60 years. Focusing on unrivaled customer engagement and global impact, PIVOT POINT FOR ALL, has always been the vision. Founded by Leo Passage in 1962, three generations of leadership have committed to doing what’s right, making a difference and never compromising integrity, ethics or trust. Pivot Point proudly exhibits corporate responsibility through its ethical manufacturing and social accountability standards established in the production of its premium mannequins and educational tools. The company’s mission to challenge the status quo and fearlessly aim higher has inspired millions of learners, educators and professionals, worldwide. Pivot Point’s learner-focused curriculum and educational tools can be found on six continents.

October 6, 2022 | Modern Salon

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