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HOSA Students Excel at State Competition
Ms. Jennifer Owen with her Biotech students who were all top 10 finalists.

Twenty-eight of Central Academy’s Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) members traveled with Ms. Elaine Holeman and Ms. Jennifer Owen to Greensboro, NC for the North Carolina HOSA State Conference on March 24th – 26th to compete against thousands of North Carolina HOSA members from across the state.

HOSA members compete in a wide variety of events which test their knowledge, public speaking skills, artistic abilities, hands-on medical skills, and ability to work as a team. Students compete in a first round on Thursday and the top 20 in each event continue on to the final round of competitions on Friday.

The top 10 in each event are called to the stage Friday night to receive finalist pins, and the top 3 in each event receive medals and an invitation to compete at the HOSA National Conference 

Since 2006, CATA has only had 2 students qualify for the National conference. In 2009, Hillary Williams made CATA history by becoming the first CATA student ever to qualify for Nationals when she received a 3rd place medal in Biotechnology as a sophomore. Hillary was unfortunately unable to attend the National Conference that year due to a conflict with the Union County Travel Club trip to Europe.

Last year, Victoria Morrone made CATA history by becoming the 1st CATA student to compete at the National level after winning a 2nd place medal in Concepts of Health Care as a junior. She represented CATA last June at the HOSA National Conference in Orlando, Florida.

This year, the students had a weekend full of fun with the following amazing results:

  • 26 of the 28 students made it to the final rounds of competition!
  • 19 were Top 10 Finalists in the State and were awarded finalist pins on stage!
  • And this year, CATA students greatly raised the bar by having SEVEN NATIONAL FINALISTS!!!!!!!!

Special Kudo's go out to CATA’s Biotechnology Instructor, Ms. Owen -- EVERY SINGLE ONE of her Biotechnology students were top 10 finalists!!!

Hillary Williams placed 1st in Biotechnology (National Finalist)
Chase Oxendine placed 4th in Biotechnology
Ellie Wilson placed 6th in Biotechnology
Kaitlin Ramsey placed 7th in Biotechnology

Victoria Morrone placed 2nd in Concepts of Healthcare (National Finalist for the 2nd year in a row)
Xuan Lam placed 2nd in Dental Spelling (National Finalist)
Linsey Cravens placed 2nd in Veterinary Assisting (National Finalist)
Racquel Fisher, Coti Hausman, and Ben Robinson placed 3rd in Medical Reading (National Finalists)

Ryan Pileski and BreAnna Tyson placed 6th in CPR/1st Aid
Kris Luzadre and Jason Goodson placed 10th in CPR/1st Aid

Jason Gullota and Josh Sawyer placed 7th in Forensic Medicine
Ryan Baucom placed 8th in Medical Math
Bethany Perry placed 9th in Nursing Assisting
Katie Robinson placed 9th in Medical Photography

Additional CATA finalists included Tony Burrus, Colbi Diggs, and Alyson Helms (Medical Spelling) Shannon Eubanks (Nursing Assisting), Maddie Coley Shelby Hairston, Stacie Helms, and Mary McGinn (Concepts of Healthcare), and Hiren Patel (Pathophysiology).

Congratulations to all our competitors for making CATA history! This year, the National Conference will be held in Anaheim, California on June 22 -25th. Good Luck at Nationals!!!

Written by: Elaine Holeman
Edited by: Deb Christensen
Posted April 4, 2011 by Ms. Deb Christensen

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