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Alice Graham is feeling mighty pleased about how far health occupation education has come in the past half decade at Chiefland High.
"We started five years ago with 30 kids. Now I have five or six classes a day with 75 students in the program,"Graham said.
Yes, the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Club at CHS is excelling in training kids to be the doctors, veterinarians and nurses of tomorrow.
Proof of that is how well the local kids performed at Region 2 Conference competition held Jan. 19 at Chiefland High.
In all, 360 students and chaperones were in the CHS auditorium that day.
Categoroes of competition included clinical skills, problem solving, speaking and team events.
Chiefland High had 24 of its students finish in the top three in their respective categories. That qualifies them to participate in the state competition held April 10-13 in Oralndo. There will be competitors from all 12 regions across the state.
Chiefland had six first-place finishes –Autumn Jordan in Kaiser Permanente, Morgan Smith in Medical Math, Cherry Tolentino in Extemporaneous Health Poster, Jessie Caudill in Extemporaneous Speaking, Julienne Manalastas in Prepared Speaking and Kim Edmonds and Holly Davis in CPR.
There were three second-place finishes – Brittany Worthington in Extemporaneous Health Poster, Mindy Harris in Medical Photoghraphy and the team of Danielle Kearns, Hayley Miller, Saundra Stephens, Ryley Couch, Cassie Richburg, Kaylin Hastings and Charissa Morris in Parliamentary Procedure.
There were also three third-place finishes –Mark Tolentino, Justin Francisco and Christy Kimbrell in Creative Problem Solving; Shawn Mallory and Mercedes Jenkins in Forensic Medicine; and Taylor Ramsdell, Jaimee Thomas and Rachael Watts in Medical Reading.
HOSA is a national organization whose mission is to provide career opportunities in the healh care field and to promote quality health care to all people.