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Leah Hvezda of Alexandria recently graduated from the Make-up Design for Film and Television program at the Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She created this mask of an alien from the movie Mars Attacks. It was one of only four masks selected to be displayed at the International Make-up Artist Trade Show in Los Angeles this past June. Contributed

Intrigue 'transforms' into career path

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Leah Hvezda has always been intrigued with blood and gore.

That intrigue eventually turned into a passion, and now the 2010 Alexandria Jefferson High School graduate is hoping to make a career out of creating it.


Hvezda has always been a movie buff, but it's not the acting or the plot that draws her in - it's the make-up.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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