(Photo caption) Peter “PJ” Zaferacopoulos receives his gold medal in the Cosmetology competition of the SkillsUSA National Competition in Atlanta, Ga. At left is silver-medal winner Emily House of New Port Richey, Fla., and at right is bronze-medal winner Kallee Stephens of Ogden, Utah.

 Peter Zaferacopoulos of Littleton won a gold medal at the SkillsUSA National Competition, held June 19-23 in Atlanta Ga.

            Peter, known as “PJ” around school, won the top spot in the nation in Cosmetology. He is a rising senior in the Cosmetology program at Nashoba Tech.

            PJ earned his spot in the Nationals by winning a gold medal in the SkillsUSA State Conference held earlier in the spring.

            At the Nationals, PJ had to take a written exam, work hands-on in three areas of hairstyling – color, design and cut – and show his skills in personal communication by taking a mock customer phone call.

            PJ is just the second Nashoba Tech student to earn gold at the SkillsUSA National Competition. Jason Gendron of Dracut became the first-ever in 2019, earning gold in Information Technology Services.

Peter “PJ” Zaferacopoulos competes in the hands-on portion of the Cosmetology category at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Atlanta, Ga. PJ won the gold medal at the event.