On their way to becoming possible future medical professionals, 10 high school students from across the Roaring Fork School District recently qualified to compete in the upcoming Health Occupations Students of America national conference in Nashville. Competing in categories ranging from CPR to sports medicine, the students placed first through third at the state conference in Denver in early March.The students include: from Basalt High, Zane Bloomer, Ashley Mills, Darbi Scherer and Haley Stumpus; from Glenwood Springs High, Carlyn Farquhar, Molly Jankovsky, Courtney Peterson, Joe Schreiner and Shauna McWilliams; and from Roaring Fork High, Conchita de la Torre.
The Glenwood Springs High School DECA team finished eighth overall in the recent state conference in Colorado Springs, with five students qualifying for the international DECA competition set for late April.Seniors Dustin Braeger, Beau Harris and Alex Planalp and juniors Hansen Nordsiek and Aaron Roberts-Gray qualified to represent Colorado in the areas of travel tourism, financial analysis, and vehicles and petroleum at the International DECA Competition at Disneyland in California.The marketing and entrepreneurial education competition includes written tests and role-play scenarios in 13 different categories, ranging from apparel to sports, food marketing and hospitality. Students must solve a business problem and communicate and sell the solution to a judge role-playing a boss, customer or fellow employee.Other GSHS DECA students who either took first place in preliminary rounds or advanced to the state final rounds of top 14 competitors include: Zac Parsons, Matt Miller, Eric Whiting, Tyler Mitchell, Lisa Richards, Molly Dwyer, Carolyn Wiltse, Manon Jacob and Ashley Herr.At the international meet, the local students will compete against 10,300 students participating from 50 states and 47 foreign countries. The students help raise funds to cover half of their competition travel expenses.
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