When Sarah Lederman opened the doors to her new hair salon Aug. 12, flipped on the lights and looked around, she saw the realization of her goal before her.
The swivel salon chairs, hair driers and shelves of hair care products may have looked like outlays of cash to her, but they were also markers of the start of her long-planned career.
After graduating Hesston College last spring, Lederman set to work planning for the opening of Salon 6. The work was the continuation of planning she started in eighth grade.
"I always wanted to do a salon since I was young," Lederman said.
She said she knew in eighth grade she enjoyed cutting and styling people’s hair and decided to work toward the goal of opening her own salon. Her first experiences were getting her two brothers to sit still and let her practice on them.
As she entered Bethany High School she made a big decision, she wanted to attend the Elkhart Career Center and study cosmetology.
Her mother, Cindy, said Sarah would get up at 5 a.m. each day to get to the Career Center by 7 a.m. Then she would drive to Bethany for afternoon classes.
"She never once complained," Cindy said.
"My husband and I are very proud of her. She had the idea of going to the Career Center."
Cindy had high praise for the Career Center staff, saying they prepared Sarah well for her business career.
Sarah also fulfilled a family tradition by attending Hesston College in Hesston, Kan. There, at the school set in the rolling green vistas of the high grass prairies and vast farmlands of eastern Kansas, Sarah was awarded the Bill Mason Business Scholarship as a reward for her exemplary work and dedication in the business curriculum.