This summer, 14 students from the Health Careers Center (HCC) flew to Anaheim, CA to attend the Future Health Professionals (HOSA) National Leadership Conference and Competition. The students – seven adults and seven high school – competed against health students from all over the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Accompanied by two advisors, HCC Biomedical Academy Teacher Karen Upton, and HCC Radiology Teacher Alison Beckner, students placed top 10 in several categories.
Students competed at the district and state level of their Career and Technology Student Organizations (CTSO) to qualify for the conference, and their trip to nationals was funded through the district, and the Metro Tech Foundation. According to Cindy Friedemann, Foundation Director, support provided through the district allows students experiences they wouldn’t have otherwise.
“The Foundation provides debit cards to each student that can be used to cover rent or bills while they are off work to compete nationally, or for additional activities while on the trip,” she said.
This year, students chose to visit the ocean, Disneyland, and take a bus tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. For many of them, it was the first time they visited Disneyland, or saw the ocean.
Students who placed at the national competition were:
High School Parliamentary Procedure 5th place
Alondra Rojo, Bianka Tobias, Yancy Torres, Jessica Cifuentes, Evelin Longoria
Adult HOSA Bowl 6th place
Meredith Davis, Daniel Hast, Jake Patterson, Jay Lowe
Adult Health Education 6th place
Eve Conner-Gottlieb, Tracy George
Transcultural Healthcare 6th place