ASHE COUNTY — The Health Occupation Students of America from Ashe County High School performed very well at a recent district competition.
According to HOSA advisor and ACHS teacher Olivia Jenkins, Ashe was the only school to place in the top 10 in every event they competed in.
“I am super proud of them. We are the only school that placed in every single event we were in,” Jenkins said. “These competitions are hard, so it takes a lot of work to do well in these competitions.”
The events in HOSA competitions are like tests, where students answer questions pertaining to a subject matter. For example, HOSA member Sabrina Walton placed first in a competition testing her knowledge about CNA skills.
“The competition itself was really fun,” Walton said. “It gave us the chance to meet other HOSA students and see where they want to work or where they are going to school.”
Other competitions tested the creativity of participants. HOSA student Chris Lopez placed in the top 10 in a poster design competition. Lopez was asked to design a poster about a health subject without knowing what that topic would be in advance.
“It was fun; it was definitely a new experience,” Lopez said.
HOSA participants included:
- Sabrina Walton placed 1st for Nursing Assistant
- Emily Blevins and Katie Henson placed 2nd place Health Career Display
- Nikki Miller and Kelsi McKiddy placed 4th place Health Career Display
- Kiana Osborne top 10 finalist for Medical Terminology
- Chris Lopez top 10 finalist Extemporaneous Health Poster
- Caleb Cooper top 10 finalist Research Persuasive Speaking
- Anna Corley and Daisy Chapuz top 10 finalist Medical Photography
- Brianna Weaver and Linda Francisco top 10 finalist for Nursing Assistant
Also, the following students qualified for the upcoming state competition: Emily Blevins, Katie Henson, Nikki Miller, Kelsie McKiddy, Breanna Weaver, Sabrina Walton, and Linda Francisco.
According to Jenkins, the knowledge and skills learned while practicing for HOSA competitions stays with students as they move into the health field later in life.