MEXICO – Health Occupations Students of America is a national student organization helping local students achieve success. The Region 9 School of Applied Technology Certified Nursing Assistant students recently returned from the Samoset Resort in Rockport, where they competed in the state HOSA conference.

The students participated in a wide variety of activities, from business meetings, swimming and karaoke, to a day devoted to competition in a variety of skill areas.

HOSA is a national organization made up of students from across the country who participate in health-related schooling. HOSA provides incentive and support for local classrooms to bring recognition and opportunity beyond the state level. Affiliation with HOSA and participation in state and national competitive events allows students to enhance their skill and knowledge and bring leadership into their daily curriculum.

On March 31 and April 1, eight students from Region 9 competed in a multitude of events.

The following is a list of honors we achieved: first place in first aid/CPR, Coral Buck and Ashley Gould, Telstar High School; tied for first place in health career display, Kasey Davis and Desiree Murphy, Mountain Valley High School; second place, nursing assistant skills, Elizabeth Lane, MVHS; second place, extemporaneous speaking, Coral Buck, THS; third place, HOSA Bowl, Monica York, Coral Buck, Ashley Gould, THS, and Elizabeth Lane, MVHS; first place, the name badge competition, all.

A trip to the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., is planned for the students in June. Fund-raising activities are under way. For information on the program, or if interested in helping to make the trip possible, call CNA instructor Sally Arsenault at 364-3764.

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