Kara Smith – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS HOSA Future Health Professionals enjoyed success at the Gulf Coast Regional competition on Jan 17. LRHS had 33 students place at the competition, and 28 of those members are eligible to attend the state conference in Orlando, FL.
The club came home with 10 first place finishes, nine seconds, nine thirds, one fourth, and three fifths.
The HOSA state conference is scheduled for March 29-31. Students will have the opportunity to compete at a state level, and possibly make it to the international leadership conference.
LRHS HOSA reporter junior Cameron Willis said, “I was really nervous going into the competition. My team and I were one of the first to compete, and I had never done this event before. I’m really proud of how we did, and I can’t wait to go to states.”
Members had to create displays, write speeches, and make posters depending on their competition. Competitive events included Medical Innovation, Health Education, Medical Terminology, and Dental Spelling.
LRHS HOSA vice-president junior Nicolette Ngov and committee chairperson, junior Kelsey Le competed in Health Education for the first time. Health Education is an event where students create a presentation to teach young children about how to lead a healthy life.
Le said, “It was a great opportunity to teach kids about how to be healthy. It was a fun experience for everyone and is an extremely important lesson to teach. The amount of obesity in children has more than tripled since the 1970s and our event gave us a way to try preventing it.”