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HOSA state a success

Victoria DeGuia

Victoria DeGuia

Lily Morris, Reporter

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After months of preparation and studying, PHS HOSA members were ready to take on state. HOSA, or Health Occupations Students of America, is a competitive club that has been around since the 1970s. Its goal is to empower students to become leaders in medical-related fields through education, collaboration, and experience.

HOSA provides a wide variety of events that students can choose to participate in, which fall under one of the following categories: health science, health professions, emergency preparedness, leadership, and teamwork. After selecting an event, one must prepare for preliminary rounds, which determine the teams that will compete at state. Depending on the event, each preliminary is different. Some require taking a test, and others require the submission of a presentation.

From PHS, 32 students were selected to advance to the state competition. On Feb. 28, they gathered their AEDs, scrubs, and suitcases, and loaded the bus for a three-hour drive to Decatur. Upon arriving to the Holiday Inn hotel, advisors Victoria Deguia, Charles Filipek, Christian Keller, and Karisa Andrianopoulos instructed everyone to change into their business attire and head over to the convention center. Throughout the rest of the day and the day after, all 1027 HOSA participants competed in their respective events during their scheduled times.

At awards night, PHS proved to have correctly applied their medical knowledge as 27 out of the 32 students who competed were recognized as top ten finalists in their event, 12 earned medals, and 2 medaled twice. For those who received a medal, they are automatically invited to attend HOSA Nationals in Dallas, Texas from June 27-30.

PHS students competed strongly at state this year, and look forward to the students going to nationals will continue to represent the school with strong pirate pride.

Knowledge test: Pharmacology

Konrad Malik – Top Ten Finalist

 

Knowledge test: Transcultural Health Care

Divya Murali – Top Ten finalist

 

Medical Reading

Christina Annerino – Top Ten Finalist

Tamara Haughton – Top Ten Finalist

 

Medical Spelling

Shruti Satish – 3rd Place

 

Personal Care

Tamesha Conrad – 3rd Place

 

Veterinary Science

Joshua Davis – 3rd Place

Divya Murali – Top Ten Finalist

 

CPR/First Aid

Jaime Henning / Michaela Kueker – Top Ten Finalists

 

Public Health

Lily Morris/ Shamoun Daudi/ Dheepa Anandan/ Zachary Cherian/ Shruti Satish/ Radhika Patel – 2nd Place

 

Extemporaneous Health Poster

Ingrid Franco – Top Ten Finalist

 

Extemporaneous Writing

Emily Joyce – 1st Place

 

Health Career Photography

Margaret – Scovic – 1st Place

 

Researched Persuasive Writing/Speaking

Dheepa Anandan – Top Ten Finalist

 

Community Awareness

Jessica Streepy/ Serena Escalona/ Emily Joyce – 3rd Place

 

Creative Problem Solving

Anushri Gupta/ Nithya Arun/ Elena Mandarino – Top Ten Finalists

 

Health Career Display

Sara Kielba/ Reba Vettiankal – Top Ten Finalists

 

Public Service Announcement

Margaret Scovic/ Alexandra Lloyd/ Allison Aldag/ Kacie Filian – Top Ten Finalists

 

Students who place in the top three of their category get an automatic invite to compete in the International Leadership Conference in Dallas this June.

 

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