Fourteen-year-old Alysha Clark was painting nails at last year Home and Garden Trade Show

Local high school student painting nails to get to college

A local high school student has found a way to take a passion and use it help others, as well as help her achieve her future goals.

A local high school student has found a way to take a passion and use it help others, as well as help her achieve her future goals.

Fourteen-year-old Alysha Clark has officially become certified as a manicurist, and specializes in unique designs that make her clients’ nails stand out.

“I really like the nail art to be different, because most people just do plain colours,” said Clark.

As a Christmas present, Clark’s parents hired a trainer from Calgary to come and teach her everything she needed to know, and get her certification. Since then she has been working at the Winston Lodge Spa, saving every cent for her future college tuition. She plans to pursue a career in accounting.

Before her official training, Clark learned by watching Youtube videos, and practising on her mom and step-dad’s nails. Then she used those skills to benefit others.

At the Home and Garden Trade Show last year she painted nails by donation, with all the proceeds going to the local Rotary Club’s youth exchange program, some she hopes to pursue herself in the future.

The booth was very successful, and was packed for most of the trade show.

Clark is booking appointments at the Winston Lodge and Spa, who will also be hosting another nail training session in February. Go to www.winstonlodge.com for details.