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8 Health Science Students Advance to State Competition

Eight Abilene ISD health science students are headed to Corpus Christi this April to compete in the 2017 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Conference.

Five Holland Medical High School students and three students from Abilene High School advanced to the state meet to be held April 1-2. Winners in Corpus Christi have the opportunity to compete in the HOSA International Conference in Orlando, FL, in June.

Kari Brokovich
Kari Brokovich
Kari Brokovich of Holland HOSA was the first AISD student to qualify in December by recording one of the top scores in the Area on the Healthcare Issues Exam. Also, Hailey Elders and Allen Meza of Abilene High will be recognized at the state event for receiving the Barbara James Award, given to HOSA members who earned more than 100 hours community service.

The other five students earned berths to state by finishing among the top competitors at the HOSA Area Conference held Feb. 3-4 in Copperas Cove. Holland’s Jessica Roberts captured the Area championship in Personal Care and Abilene High’s Sydney Contreras received a gold medal in Interviewing Skills. Alianna Richardson of Holland placed second in Physical Therapy, and the Holland team of Julissa Ruiz and Daniella Hernandez advanced by finishing third in CPR/First Aid.

Two other students placed at the Area Conference but did not qualify for state: Holland’s Makenna Wells, 5th in Nursing Assisting, and Catalina Gonzales of AHS, 4th in Medical Art Poster.

Holland Medical HOSA Qualifiers

From left: Makenna Wells, Catalina Gonzales, Julissa Ruiz, Daniella Hernandez, Alianna Richardson, Jessica Roberts, Sydney Contreras