HOSA Competes at Spring Conference

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HOSA members preparing for the UIL competition. “Overall my students performed very well, and their skills will get better, because now they know what to expect next time and to build on it,” teacher Virginia Lenoir said.

Kaitlyn Bowman and Jonathan Williams

On Jan. 17th, the Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA, competed at their spring conference at Barbers Hill high school. The spring conference is a continuation of the fall conference, deciding which students will advance to state.
“I was a voting delegate. We had business meetings and we got to decide who became the new officers for area 6. It feels good to know there are people doing the same thing as you, and it is important to share your skills and techniques with other members,” senior Yovanny Flores said.
At the conference the HOSA team delegated people to vote for five new area officers and one state officer.
“I made 6th place out of eight people. I was one chair away from making it to state. To better myself in the future I would like to do more studying and acquire the materials I need sooner, I would like to help open students eyes to the variety of choices there are in the medical field,” senior Ethan Seaman said.
Students have access to information and practice materials on the HOSA website, allowing them to study as needed and prepare for competition.
“I felt very confident and positive about what I was going to do. Attending these competitions are important if you want to do something in the medical field. You learn more, gain more information, and understand how to fix a problem in the right manner,” freshman Catalina Lopez said.
During this competition, students were given scenarios of medical problems and were expected to come up with solutions to meet the patient’s needs.
“At the competition I oversaw timing the competitors. The students were to act as nursing assistants, wash their hands, and put the patients into gowns in eight minutes,” senior Kasandra McCullough said.
Today, Wed. 29th, HOSA has their next meeting in the HOSA classroom. They will be discussing the duties of new officers and organizing the next blood drive.
“My goals for my students next time would be to start earlier, focus on deadlines, and get better information before performing. Practicing for this event, we had to overcome obstacles such as timing, and getting meetings arranged. Overall my students performed very well, and their skills will get better, because now they know what to expect next time and to build on it,” teacher Virginia Lenoir said.