Virtual Earth Jam 2023 Recap and Winner Announced!

In 2004, the Nurtur Aveda Institutes put on an annual fashion benefit as a vehicle for our students to show off their talents and passion in a themed event that raised money for local charities. In 2021, Earth Jam evolved into a virtual event to continue to offer a unique opportunity for our students.

For the 2023 Virtual Earth Jam, our students were tasked to create hair and makeup looks inspired by a selection of Icons of The Beauty Industry. Five concepts were chosen from each location to participate in a photoshoot with internationally reknowned photographer, Nick Spanos. From those photoshoots, a finalist from each location was chosen and eligible for a $2,000 scholarship for each of its team members. The five finalist images were voted on by a panel of beauty professionals to name a grand prize winner.

On May 24th the Nurtur Aveda Institutes community came together virtually to celebrate the talents and hard work of our students through our Virtual Earth Jam show and announce the location finalists and grand prize winner. Watch the full virtual show above and enjoy a closer look at each of this years entries below!

Photos by Nick Spanos


Team Members: Tanya Kennedy, Erin Huber, Kait Rockwell, Josephine Frankville
Location: Aveda Fredric's Institute Indianapolis
Designer: Antoinette Beenders




Antoinette beenderS (chapel hill WINNER)

Members: Julia Gates, Ashlee Piliouras, Hannah Jones

Tippi shorter

Members: Kadejah Harding, Latasha Adkins, Sun-ya Carraway, Shamori Worrells, Kaitlyn Pugh

Vivienne Mackinder

Members: Amanda Ciprian, Michaela Lockridge, Helvin John, Kaleigh Davis, Olivia Smith

Ted Gibson

Members: Carolina Mehera, Lauren Carver, Sophie Myre, Avery Asparro


Members: Strider Littleton, Ruby Cartwright, Sam Robertson, Jessica Vega



Antoinette beenderS (Columbus winner)

Members: Julia Gates, Ashlee Piliouras, Hannah Jones

Vidal Sassoon

Members:  Gretchen Rife, Emma Inman, Desiree Mcdowell, Khaila Moore, Charlotte Dunlap

Tippi Shorter

Members:  Chanel Sosa, Karen Sealey, Michelle Garcia, Jesse Barnett

vivienne mackinder

Members:  Rachael Conway, Mya Edwards, Sabina Ghimirey, Ayse Al-refaai, DeNayja Pruitt


Members:  Liberty Lowe, Brooklyn Koster, Grace Schutte, Madison Petry, Julie Kuder

AVEDA Fredric's INSTITUTE Cincinnati TOP 5


Antoinette beenderS (CINCINNATI WINNER)

Members: Kailee Hoskins, Frankie Bundy, Kat Neyer, Ashley Schloss, Frances Dunlap


Vidal Sassoon

Members:  Hannah Salyer, Frankie Leininger, Ashley Lang, Vincent Donovan, Grace Mason

Tippi Shorter

Members:  Mckenna Simpson, Lucille Banks, Makayla Kempton, Emma Alsip, Daja Brown

vivienne mackinder

Members:  Alexis Hamilton, Kristina Robinson, Graceann Pelfrey, Mackenzie Scott, Olivia Trombley


TED Gibson

Members:  Francesca Camilli, Katherine Reed, Zoe Smith, Lillian Steiner, Bailey Pop

AVEDA Fredric's INSTITUTE Indianapolis TOP 5


Antoinette beenderS (Indianapolis & Grand prize WINNER)

Members:  Tanya Kennedy, Erin Huber, Kait Rockwell, Josephine Frankville

vidal sassoon

Members:  Andrea Torres, Claire Thesier, Kaleb Darst, Madison Shoo

tippi shorter

Members:   Cassandra Cazares, Nathaly Hernandez, Jenn Tobian, Myia Powers

vivienne mackinder

Members:  Haylee Rich, Lauren Hannemann, Alexis Marie, Emily McLean, Meredith Goldman

TED Gibson

Members:  Sydney King, Hannah Lafave, Karly Lane, Ashley Sharma

college of wilmington TOP 5


vidal sassoon (wilmington winner)

Members:  Jaclyn Collins, Jessi Fleming, Grace K, Bailey Foxbower

Tippi shorter

Members:  Claudia Ruiz Irizarry,Chelsea Fugon, Stephanie Lugo, Morgan Gunn, Genesis Boggs

Vivienne mackinder

Members:  Cayli Haney, Melayna Hinks, Meghan Halpin, Taylor Smith, Dom Grazioplene

Antoinette Beenders

Members:  Ta'nia Stackhouse, Kayla Jacktane, Adajja Davis, Julissa Botello, Will Stephanen Arnette

Product + Service Packages

Save by combining your favorite services with select Aveda products!


Beauty Blog

Edwin Neill II Full Potential Student Competition

2023 Aveda Institutes Student Competition This annual student award competition was created to memorialize one of the greatest motivators in the Aveda network.  A role model for all - Edwin Neill II not only believed in our mission, he lived it daily.  His greatest memory will be...

Why to Consider Ultraceuticals

Ultraceuticals is well recognized in the industry as a leader in developing award-winning breakthrough cosmeceutical skincare products without animal testing. In addition, Ultraceuticals products do not contain harsh chemicals, propylene glycol, parabens, synthetic dyes, or synthetic...

Benefits of Dermaplaning

Dermaplane is a manual exfoliation procedure. It requires the use of a sterile surgical blade to gently “shave” the skin’s surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine hair, leaving the skin smooth, soft and vibrant. Dermaplane treatment is a specialized...

How Often Should I Get a Facial

Getting regular facials will decrease stress, rejuvenate skin cells, promote circulation, reduce signs of aging, and reduce congestion. Facials are relaxing and rejuvenating, but did you know that they benefit your health as well?  It is recommended to get a facial every 3 to 4 weeks,...

How to Get the Best Inexpensive Haircut

The best inexpensive haircut is at Aveda Institute. The professionals at Aveda Institute are there to pamper you and it’s at a fraction of the haircut costs of other salons.  The trained professionals at Aveda Institute are teaching their students to be the best of the best and they...

Get the Skills to be a Beauty Professional