HOSA students ready to compete

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Nicolette Ngov and Kara Smith – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -Thursday LRHS HOSA attended the Gulf Coast regional competition at Manatee Technical College in Bradenton.

HOSA is an after-school program that allows students to get more integrated and familiar with the healthcare field by volunteering for community service events and participating in competitions

Competitive events included Medical Innovation, Health Career Photography, Healthy Lifestyle, and Pharmacology. Some events require presentations and boards to be made while others have to take part in a knowledge test.

LRHS HOSA reporter junior Cameron Willis said, “Since eighth grade, I’ve done public health, but this year I decided to branch out into a new competition. I had to create a medical innovation from the bottom-up. It was difficult, but I had a lot of fun doing it.”

Members who place first, second or third at regionals will compete at the state competition in Orlando over spring break.

LRHS HOSA vice president junior Nicolette Ngov said, “I’m really excited to compete on Thursday. My team and I have been working really hard to make sure our project is perfect. I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.”

Pharmacology competition requires members to take a knowledge test on medicines and how they affect the body.

LRHS HOSA parliamentarian junior Morgan Deglopper said, “I want to be a pharmacist and the information that you are able to learn really interests me. This is my second time doing this event. Last year, I placed second at regionals, and this year I hope I can place first.”

Last week the LRHS HOSA members prepared for the competition by hosting mock competitions for its members.

The competitions were split in half with Monday containing Emergency Preparedness Events, Leadership Events, and Teamwork Events while Thursday focused on Health Science Events and Health Professions. Each category had about 5-10 competitors and five subcategories.

For the Health Science Events each member had to take a 25-question knowledge test in 20 minutes to prepare them for the format of the competition.

Willis said, “The reason we made the test 25 questions was to give the members a general idea of the format of the test.”

For Health Profession, Emergency Preparedness, Leadership, and Teamwork Events, members had to give their oral presentation on their topic and were given tips to improve their speeches. Members were also given tips on their portfolios and boards that would help them improve their overall presentation and competition.

Freshman Alicia Hebert said, “It was really helpful to have someone else’s input on my portfolio and I really appreciate the officers going through it and making sure I met every item on the judging sheet.”

The purpose of these mock competitions was to prepare and improve members’ overall performance for regionals competition on Thursday, Jan. 17. Members who place top three at regionals then advance to state competitions in March.

Student advisor, junior Kelsey Le said, “We really hope that we can take all our members to states because it’s a really fun experience that I think everyone should get to have at least once in HOSA.”

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