RIVERDALE -- Laina Call never knew her great-grandmother, but she always wanted to grow up and be just like her.
"I was told that (she) was a wonderful hairstylist, and although I never knew her, I felt like I could carry on our family tradition," Call said.
Call's great-grandmother would be proud to see what she has accomplished. Not only did Call receive a degree in cosmetology while she was still in high school, she has been chosen to compete at the WorldSkills Competition in London this month and the OMC HairWorld Competition in Paris next month.
Call, 20, of Riverdale, is a "go-getter" and is very dedicated in everything she does, said Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College cosmetology instructor Karen Skinner.
"She is the kind of student you wish all of your students were," Skinner said. "She's a very positive person and accomplishes everything she sets her mind to. She's also a very fun person to be around."
Call was born and raised in the Ogden area. She graduated from OWATC shortly before graduating from Bonneville High School in 2009. She is one of three children born to Lance and Roxanne Call.
Call said it takes artistic talent to be a good hairstylist.
"A lot of people can cut hair, but it takes someone with a good, imaginative eye to design hair and create a shape and form that will flatter your client," she said.
"I also believe that this is a service industry and social -- being able to talk and listen to your clients."
Call is excited to compete. She was chosen because she won first place in a national competition called SkillsUSA last year.
In the Paris competition, she will be on a team with four other people that competes in two categories, consumer and fashion. Her team meets once a month in Chicago for training sessions.
"Our team is really good," she said. "We actually work like a team, and if we find something that makes things easier for us, we share it with each other."
The fashion category will include a long-hair design and a haircut, Call said. The consumer category will include more sculpting and hair art.
"So we sculpt the hair with just a brush, blow dryer, comb and hair spray," she said. "So I go to Paris, compete and bring home a gold medal."
Call said her ultimate goal as a stylist is to eventually become a platform artist working at Redken on 5th Avenue in New York City.
"This trade is all about continuing your education. I love learning, and I know there is so much more for me to learn," she said. "I would also love to teach and become a cosmetology instructor."
Besides hairstyling, Call likes to bike, hike, read, bake with her dad and do crafts with her mom. She also is looking forward to getting married and being a mother one day.
For now, however, Call is determined to win the Paris competition.
"I have always had a winning attitude," she said.
"Since I was a little girl, I always loved doing my mom's hair, and I had always planned on growing up to be a hairstylist. And look -- I accomplished my dream."