HOSA Students Shine

CHS HOSA Students Shine at State Competition
Posted on 04/11/2018
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More than 115 Carson High School (CHS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) shined in the Nevada State Leadership Conference held at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev. March 18-21. More than 1,000 students from across the state of Nevada competed in more than 40 medical competition events.

The student team came away from the state conference with 5 chapter awards, 1 scholarship and 30 students qualified to attend the International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, June 26 to July 1.

Kelly Gustafson, CHS CTE health sciences teacher, said the Carson City students exhibited professionalism, respect, knowledge and wisdom beyond their years throughout the school year, as well as in competition.

"I am so proud of our students and all of their hard work and dedication to HOSA,” she said. “It shines through in all of their work and in the awards they captured at the state conference.”

The chapter earned first place for the Largest Chapter in the state with 336 members. CHS also claimed the Gold Membership Award where the chapter must have at least 95 percent of their total health science pathway students enrolled and in good standing as HOSA members. Carson High HOSA was the only school in the state to achieve this award with 125 percent membership (more HOSA members than students enrolled in health science classes).

The students were also recognized for their time and effort to support the northern Nevada office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Earning the National Service Project Award was the highlight of the year for Gustafson.

The HOSA National Service Project Award honors HOSA chapters that provide support of a national health organization on a local, state and national level. It recognizes student-planned activities that may include fundraising, community service projects and volunteer hours. Considerations are also made for HOSA chapters that work directly with NAMI to help expand mental health education, awareness and support activities that help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

“Additionally, we had a number of students qualify for the Barbara James Service Award with a minimum of 100 service hours related to a healthcare field,” she said. “We do a number of charity fundraising events and volunteering throughout the year. These include the Carson Tahoe Cancer Foundation (Hope Fest and the selling of Breast Cancer Awareness items), Pancreatic Cancer Society (volunteer at their 5K and golf events) and the Seeliger Elementary School Pumpkin Patch (manage a first aid booth as well as volunteer to help in other capacities and booths).”

CHS CTE HOSA state competition results:

Chapter Awards:

Largest Chapter in Nevada – 336 members, an increase over last year’s 325 members

Gold Membership Award – membership for 125 percent health science student membership

National Service Project Award

Outstanding HOSA Chapter Scrapbook: Sophia Cacioppo

HOSA Happenings: Jennifer Artz

Linda Lopez Scholarship

Hannah Golik

Barbara James Service Awards:

Crystal Vargas

Barbara Stankute

Healthcare Issues Exam Qualifiers:

Ashley Lynch

Jessica Camelon

Chloe Marks

Itzel Mariscal

Fiona McDonald

Lizbeth Orozco

Kirsten Iverson

Makayla Hernandez

Rachel Weese

Taylor Dawley

Isela Rodriguez

Chyanne Prado-Holland

Lucan VanBro

Citlaly Preciado

Health Profession Events:

Medical Terminology: Sydney Fields, fifth place

Transcultural Healthcare: Rachel Rundell, fourth place

Medical Math: Hannah Hope Hodorowicz, third place

Physical Therapy: Gracie Woodward, fourth place

Vet Science: Haley Garver, second place, and Mackenzie Meza, fifth place

CPR/First Aid: Victoria Defilippi and Chloe Marks, second place

Public Health: Jennifer Artz, Hannah Golik and Sydney Lloyd, second place

Public Health: Ethan Byassee, Jakob Carlson, Lucas VanBrow, Garrett Clampitt and Evan Vizzusi, fourth place

Public Health: Maria Juarez Razo, Alize Gonzales, Selena Hernandez, Savannah Sharp, Rachelle Dominguez-Hernandez and Lesly Sanchez, fifth place

Extemporaneous Health Poster: Laina Joy Aquino, first place

Healthy Lifestyle: Tyler Crisp, second place, and Nathan Smothers, fourth place

Health Education: Jasmine Riediger and Abbie Cowan, second place

HOSA Bowl: Jaidyn Shepard, Gabby Fernandez Lopez, Kaitlyn Marsh and Anthony McMenamy, fifth place

MRC Partnership: Crystal Vargas, Makayla Hernandez and Micah Merriner, first place

Pharmacy Science
: Jashmeen Thind, second place

In similar fashion, Pioneer High School’s HOSA Chapter exhibited excellence as a team and earned a number of medals and awards:

  • Ramon Medrano, Chapter President and Student Presenter, "The Importance of Electronic Health Records" Symposium
  • Jocelyn Morales, Voting Delegate
  • Janet Solis-Lara, Voting Delegate
  • Shayne Beauford, Gold Medalist, Medical Assisting
  • Savannah Lavey, Participant, Medical Assisting
  • Jadelynn Skenandore, Participant, Medical Assisting
  • Melody Stone, Participant, Medical Assisting
  • Thaniqua Williard, Bronze Medal, Health Education
  • Gabrielle Mathews, Bronze Medal, Health Education
  • Monica Reyes, Bronze Medal, Health Education
  • Chapter Award: Gold Team Award for Chapter Participation