HOSA team advances to nationals

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Members of HOSA and adviser Dr. Sood gather in front of the Coronado Springs Resort after the final award ceremony. The team received 35 awards and instances of special recognition in total. (Photo/Angelina Kinney)

Members of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) travelled to Orlando to participate in the national competition formally known as the International Leadership Conference (ILC) June 19 – 23. Categories varied from individual and group competitions on topics ranging from organic chemistry to medical spelling. The group consisted of 28 members that prepared for the competition through written tests and group quizzing in the form of HOSA Bowl team rounds. The HOSA categories require either written tests, team events or presentations (i.e. prepared speaking or interviews) under the supervision of judges. The science-oriented organization National Geographic also sponsored written tests that garnered attention because of the opp for students to show their prowess beyond the single-category limitation set by HOSA guidelines. Scores rely on testing results and feedback from judges. 

“The competition was really fun. It introduced me to a bunch of different people from around the world. It also really brought together anyone who went on the trip and made it feel more like a family. They have a tradition in the competition where each state designs a pin and then the competitors can go around and trade their pins for different states, giving you a cool souvenir to bring along that’s really unique, along with letting you talk to people that you wouldn’t have before,” said rising junior Melina Marin about her experience at the competition. 

The competition and team-bonding opportunities further developed the club and served as a time of growth and learning for the members. As last year’s seniors graduate and move on from high school, the club is left under new leadership with established goals regarding the future of the club and participation in future competitions. 

“At ILC, I got to meet some really cool people with similar interests, and I got a lot of great opportunities to explore different areas of medicine. It was a really rewarding experience because I got to see our hard work from this year pay off,” said rising junior Angelina Kinney, the current president of HOSA. When asked about the prospects for the 2019-2020 HOSA year, Kinney responded “My goals for next year are to have more people compete in more diverse categories, and to make HOSA a well-known club at our school.”

List of winners: 

Barbara James Service Award 
Nicholas DiStefano – Gold 
Zaina Ghantous – Gold 
Angelina Kinney – Gold 
Anisa Haffizulla – Gold 
Vasanthkumar Pattoor – Gold 
Ebin Mathew – Gold 
Stanley Pierre – Gold 
Hemangi Rajpal – Gold 
Ashni Zaverchand – Gold 
Greeshma Avaradi – Silver 
Snigdha Sama – Silver 
Tarun Sama – Silver 
Diya Jayram – Bronze 

Prepared Speaking 
Angelin Mathew – 3rd Place 

Forensics Science 
Arnaldo Ferrebus, Tarun Sama – 3rd 

Job Seeking Skills 
Valentina Ortega – Top 10 

Allied Health Statistics 
Victor Wang – Top 10 

Anatomy and Physiology 
Amrita Bonthu – Top 10 

Anam Ahmed – Top 10 

Angelin Mathew – 1st Place 
Valentina Ortega – 3rd Place 

Sean Teng – 1st Place 
Angelina Kinney – 2nd Place 
Ephraim Oyetunji – Top 10 

Biomedical Debate 
Abdul-Jalil Dania, VijayaSai Somasundaram, JayaSai Somasundaram – Top 10 

General Chemistry 
Amrita Bonthu – Top 10 

Human Heredity 
Angelina Kinney – Top 10 
Melina Marin – Top 10 
Roshni Mishra – Top 10 

Medical Spelling 
Briya Patel – 12th Place

Ephraim Oyetunji – Top 10 

Organic Chemistry 
Anam Ahmed – 3rd Place 
Hemangi Rajpal – Top 10

As Copy Editor and News Editor of the Patriot Post, junior Zoe Persaud spends most of her time staring at a computer and rewriting sentences. She serves as Junior Class Director of Key Club and actively participates in English Honor Society, TASSEL and National Honor Society. Outside of school, she volunteers at her local library and tries to sleep for as long as she can.

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