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Once failing student now looking forward to doing hair, makeup in big city
Lacey Nash
Lacey Nash, a Lanier College & Career Academy graduate, on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Gainesville, will be attending Lanier Tech to study cosmetology. - photo by David Barnes

There’s not a hair out of place on Lacey Nash’s head of long, straight locks with highlights.

Lacey is not the type of person to miss even the smallest detail, whether in her morning routine or the classroom.

It’s that extra bit of effort that Lacey said helps define her as kind of “the nerd at school.”

“I go over the top a lot,” she said. “I’m always working and studying.”

As she prepares to graduate from Lanier College and Career Academy this month, Lacey  credits her achievement to the school curriculum and mentors who turned her future on its head.

Lacey began her high school journey in Flowery Branch, where by her own admission she was frequently absent and held borderline failing grades.

But she will soon embark down a career path in cosmetology as she advances her studies this fall at Lanier Technical College.

“This has never been something I’ve been used to,” Lacey said of her academic success.

Her turnaround in two years at LCCA has included earning college credit thanks to a dual enrollment program with Lanier Tech.

Lacey said if she could name one teacher who has had the biggest influence, it would be Kim Nix.

“She’s really encouraged me to do better,” Lacey said, adding she’s developed a sense of what she’s good at, what she needs to learn and how to follow that passion.  

Her parents have also been encouraged by the turn she has taken, Lacey said.

And now her aspirations are as loaded as her work ethic and focus.

“By 30, I want to open my own store in a big city,” Lacey  said. “I kind of want to do everything — except nails. I’ve always loved doing hair and makeup, practicing on myself.”

Lacey said she is also planning to earn an associate degree in business to shore up this goal.

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