Huzzah, huzzah to HOSA finalists
Imagine this: 5,000 students, judges and advisors gathered together at the Hilton Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., from across the nation. Next, picture all of these students dressed in business attire. It was so refreshing to see high school students conducting themselves in such a professional manner. The Roaring Fork Valley should take great pride in the 14 students who helped represent the state of Colorado at the National Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) competition.
All of the students who attended were one of the top three finalists in their skills category from our state competition. They are Dustin Berger, Angie Bagen, Malia Kinser, Terran Johnson, Katie Waibel, Tess Jankovsky, Amanda Thompson, Promise Bauers, Joe Bevins, Kendra Fleming, Brittany Johnson, Katy Hussey, Stephanie Matthews and Stacy Atkins.
HOSA has a strong following in the country back East and in the South. Colorado had one of the smallest delegations, consisting of 39 competitors, yet Stacy Atkins placed first in job-seeking skills and Katy Hussey teamed with Tess Jankovsky to place second in CPR-First Aid. Our students were the only ones to place at nationals from Colorado, and it is a reflection of their teacher’s efforts. Most of the larger states teach health sciences in a four-year program while it is only a one- to two-year class in the valley.
I want to thank the Roaring Fork School District for providing this program. The health care community and Valley View Hospital also need to be recognized for allowing these students clinical opportunities. It was such a pleasure to help chaperone this great group of young adults. I can see that the health care field is going to be in good hands in the future.
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