MOULTRIE — A cosmetic esthetician student truly dedicated to learning her craft was named as the 2010 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner at Moultrie Technical College Tuesday.

Cara Cousino, a cosmetic esthetician student at the Industrial Drive campus, was named as the college’s annual winner. She was selected out of 19 GOAL nominees and four other GOAL finalists. She was nominated for the GOAL award by instructor Penny Copeland.

Cousino said she was totally shocked when she was selected as the winner of the award and felt truly honored to win. She was very humbled to have been selected among the other four GOAL finalists.

“I can’t explain how good this feels,” Cousino said. “It’s just the best feeling.”

A resident of Blackshear, located near Waycross, Cousino said she commutes about two hours each way to attend classes at Moultrie Tech. She sometimes stays with friends, living out of a suitcase, in Moultrie rather than commuting back home during the week. Getting her education in esthetics, however, is what she has dreamed of for a long time.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for 10 years now,” Cousino said.

Cousino will complete the esthetics program in September, and she said she wants to continue her education through the Laser Institute of America. After that, she wants to team up with a medical staff and do medical esthetics.

As the college’s GOAL winner, Cousino will next compete at the state GOAL level in May and could travel the state for a year promoting Georgia’s technical college.

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