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Med-Prep students have a healthy showing at HOSA conference

Students from the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District made an impressive showing at the annual Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference.

Thirty Med-Prep students from Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs high schools attended the conference, held March 7-9 at Colorado Springs.

Of those students, four were elected to the HOSA State Officer team and 23 qualified to represent Colorado HOSA at the HOSA National Conference, to be held in June in Anaheim. Every student who attended was a finalist in at least one event and the nine students who competed in CPR/First Aid placed in the finals.



“This is a group of students who just know how to work,” said district Med-Prep instructor and coordinator Judy Burke.

Burke owes the successful show at state to student dedication, combined with a strong support of the medical community. “The support we get in this community is just amazing,” she said.



HOSA is a vocational student club offering activities that focus on leadership development, such as fund-raisers, service projects, community wellness and social and academic projects.

The elective Med-Prep courses provide juniors and seniors who are interested in the health care field with assistance in determining an occupation that will best suit their interests and capabilities.

Students become certified in American Red Cross professional rescuer CPR and Emergency Response. They learn entry-level skills for such jobs as veterinary aide, nursing assistant or surgical aide.

The conference tests students as individuals and teams on those skills.

Officer candidates had to submit an application and resume, pass a test on parliamentary procedure, write an essay and take a quiz on health issues. Officers attend a conference in the fall and will run the State Leadership Conference in spring 2003. They also learn how to handle themselves in professional situations.

“With so much emphasis on state standards and competency-based education, “this is a great example of achieving the highest level,” said Burke.

Students elected to the State Officer team were Tess Jankovsky, president; Joe Bevins, first vice president; Katie Waibel, vice president of publicity; Promise Bauers, vice president of membership.

Other conference results are as follows:

Basalt High School: Travis Haynes – first in Creative Problem Solving Team A, finalist in Job-Seeking Skills; Natalie Hood – first in Prepared Speaking and Creative Problem Solving Team A; Allison Finn – first, Career Health Display, finalist in Medical Math and CPR/First Aid; Kelly Johnson – first in biomedical debate team, third in CPR/First Aid, finalist in Extemporaneous Writing; Tom Githens – first in Biomedical Debate Team, third in CPR/First Aid; finalist in Extemporaneous Writing; and Elaina Fearon, second in Creative Problem Solving Team B, finalist in CPR/First Aid.

Roaring Fork High School:

Brittany Johnson – second in CPR/First Aid, first in Creative Problem Solving Team A; Kendra Fleming – second in CPR/First Aid, first in Creative Problem Solving Team A; Natalie Bassett – finalist in CPR/First Aid and Extemporaneous Writing; and Krystal Short – second in Creative Problem Solving Team B, finalist in Extemporaneous Writing.

Glenwood Springs High School:

Jordan Callier – finalist in Extemporaneous Writing; Malia Kinser – first in Extemporaneous Poster, finalist in Nursing Assisting; Tess Jankovsky – first in CPR/First Aid and in Career Health Display; Amanda Thompson – third in Extemporaneous Writing, finalist in CPR/First Aid; Dustin Berger – first in Medical Math and CPR/First Aid; Stacy Atkins – first in Career Health Display, third in Job-Seeking Skills, finalist in CPR/First Aid.

Starr Luu – finalist in Nursing Assisting; Audra Dobbs – finalist in CPR/First Aid, finalist in Job-Seeking Skills; Angela Bagan – second in Career Health Display, finalist in Medical Terminology; Lacey Darien – third in Career Health Display, finalist in Job-Seeking Skills; Kate Sturges – third in Career Health Display; Katie Waibel – finalist in CPR/First Aid; Promise Bauers – finalist in CPR/First Aid.

Terran Johnson – second in Career Health Display; finalist in CPR/First Aid; Katy Hussey – finalist in CPR/First Aid and in Job-Seeking Skills; Tara Zambelli – first in Biomedical Debate and finalist in CPR/First Aid and Job-Seeking Skills; Tara Rumery – second in Creative Problem Solving Team B; Brent Robinson – first in Biomedical Debate and second in Job-Seeking Skills.

Stephanie Matthews – first in Medical Terminology and second in Creative problem Solving Team B; and Joe Bevins – first in Career Health Display and finalist in CPR/First Aid.


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