Metro Tech Student Won Grand Prize in Ritz Carlton Tea Competition
Posted by Community Relations Department at 9/19/2012
Metro Tech’s Fashion Program had three finalists and a grand prize winner in the annual Ritz Carlton Tea Competition. The competition draws hat designers and “fashionistas” from all over the city. Contestants are required to wear or design a hat and attend tea at the Ritz Carlton during the month of August. Metro Tech’s Fashion/Interior Technology program had over 60 students attend tea August 27- 28. Many of the students designed their own hat for the event.
Twenty people were chosen and invited to the finalist tea, September 9, with a guest of their choice. Aracely Nunez, Melissa Ruiz, both second year, Metro Tech fashion students and Alejandra Bocardo, a first year fashion student, were selected as hat design finalists. All three students designed their hats from scratch. Fashion industry judges chose the four winners from the following four categories: Vintage, Classic Elegance, Chic Trendy, and Over the Top. Ruiz took a grand prize for the Over the Top Category. Her prize was tea for two for a year at the Ritz Carlton valued at $1200.
“This was a wonderful social event for all our students who participated in the tea, hat competition, etiquette lesson , and information the Ritz Carlton staff presented on possible careers at the hotel,” instructor Katy Hansen said.