Metro Tech Student Won Grand Prize in Ritz Carlton Tea Competition

Posted by Community Relations Department on 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.