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Celebrating our seniors: cosmetology student volunteers to decorate EMCC


All of our seniors leave a lasting impression behind, but one in particular is physically leaving her stamp on the walls of the Foreman Center.


Victoria Thompson, who goes by Tori, is a Class of 2020 student in the Eastern Monroe Career Center cosmetology program. The Rush-Henrietta student volunteered her time over her last semester to design the wall space in the counseling department and nearby conference rooms.


The project began when school counselor Amy Spindler noticed the blank walls blanketing the area. She set out to warm up the space with posters featuring inspirational quotes and photos. Tori quickly joined her design team with the goal to create a warm, welcoming area for all.


The teen took off from there; framing all the posters, figuring out the layout on the walls, working with the maintenance team to place each frame.


She pulled inspiration from her own home, research and personal style.


“In our living room we have multiple photos that create a wave-like design, I wanted to find a way to replicate that in the conference room. It turned out well, it’s my favorite wall we designed,” explained Tori, as she showed off the staggered placement of posters.


Tori and Amy hope the space they’ve created has a positive impact on the students and staff spending time in each of the rooms.


In addition to her classwork and design skills, Tori also spent time practicing her Prepared Speech for SkillsUSA. Again she worked under the guidance of Amy Spindler who was her coach for the competition.


“I've gotten to know Tori, as I am also the counselor for the Cosmetology program. She is dedicated, kind, creative, and has a bright future. It has been a pleasure supporting and working with Tori on all of these projects,” expressed Amy Spindler. She added, “I will always wish her the very best!”


Tori went on to win first place in that category, taking home the trophy for the 2020 Area #1 Regional SkillsUSA competition at Alfred State College.


While she is now a graduate, the artwork she helped to frame and hang will remain in place to greet incoming students when they are back in the building.


To learn more about the cosmetology program and other courses offered through EMCC, visit


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