At the National HOSA conference held this summer in Nashville, several area high school students fared well in health-occupation-related competition. Students earned the right to go by placing first, second or third at the North Carolina HOSA State Competition held in April. The national conference hosted 5,257 competitors representing each state and Puerto Rico, competing in 52 events.
South Mecklenburg team members placed fifth nationally in Parliamentary Procedure ( Kristina Cloud, Jasmine Holley, Jeong Won, DeNaesia George, Trenidale Evans and Kelsey Swayney), ninth in the Public Health competition ( Kristina Aleynikov, Lena Ganchenko and Hilary Jauregui), and ninth in the HOSA Bowl ( Lucy Thames, Carla Castaneda, Brian Elgart and Michele Nsianya). Lucy Thames helped lead the North Delegation as a state HOSA officer and was also recognized for her HOSA Chapter Newsletter and Carla Castaneda's documentation of local chapter activities in a scrapbook helped South Mecklenburg's chapter be named "Outstanding HOSA Chapter in the Nation."
Ardrey Kell competitors placed second in Nutrition knowledge tests ( Virali Shah), eighth in Medical Law and Ethics knowledge tests ( Praruj Pant), and ninth in Biomedical Debate ( Vaibhav Shrishail, Dhiraj Banda and Kumen Grover).
Myers Park placed first in the HOSA Bowl ( Alex Antezana, Bharath Rama, Ivy Zerkle and Sriramkumar Sridharan).
East Mecklenburg's Madelina Garcia finished sixth nationally in Clinical Specialty, while Mallard Creek's Richa Patel was seventh in Human Growth and Development knowledge tests.
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