By Todd Martin
Special to the Daily Herald
The daughter of hairstylists, Natividad Vidro assumed her career would move through the cosmetology world.
Sure enough, the Killeen High School senior, recently graduated, earned her cosmetology certification a few days before earning her diploma and was named student of the quarter for the Killeen ISD Career and Technology Education campus.
Vidro's parents, Ana and Raul Vidro of Doreen and Tony Hairstyles of Killeen, joined their daughter at an awards ceremony the last week of the school year.
The younger Vidro said she would continue to work with her mother in the salon while attending Central Texas College en route to a planned career in psychiatry.
Cosmetology instructor Diana Ferguson praised Vidro for completing the required coursework and passing the state test first among her peers.
"She's always on top of it," Ferguson said. "She's an awesome leader."
At Killeen High School, the high-achieving student was part of Advancement Via Individual Determination, an honor roll student, earned a perfect attendance award, received an academic letter and earned 36 college hours while in high school.
She also completed 2½ years of cosmetology training in the Killeen ISD program.
"I've loved it," she said. "It teaches you to be independent, to learn on your own.
"I've grown up with hair, so it was fun for me and it comes at such a low cost compared to cosmetology college," Vidro said. "It's leading me to a bigger career."
The CTE cosmetology department awarded top students at a banquet May 31. Seven students graduated from the program with honors, earning a purple honor cord to wear at graduation.
To earn the honor, the students finished the program and passed the state cosmetology licensing exam prior to high school graduation.
Those students are: Vidro and Antoinette Agee of Killeen High School; Britney Correll and Sydavia Seldon of Ellison High School; and Kenisha Thomas, Angelina Jimenez-Taitingfong and Valerie Rodriguez of Harker Heights High School.