Gainesville High students qualify for state health competition

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

Thirty-one students from the Gainesville High School Academy of Health Professions have qualified to compete in the upcoming State Leadership Conference for HOSA, an organization for future healthcare professionals. 

The students all earned top-three finishes in their categories during the recent regional conference, which included more than 560 competitors from 21 high schools. Fourteen of the GHS students took first place in their categories, which cover subjects ranging from biomedical laboratory to pathophysiology to medical photography. 

According to the HOSA website, the competitions are designed to “provide a system for recognizing the competencies developed by members through Health Science and Biomedical Science class instruction, related job training, and HOSA related activities.”

Students competed in both team and individual events to qualify for the state conference, which will be held in Orlando in early April. Participants then have the opportunity to earn the right to compete in the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Houston in late June.

The Academy of Health Professions was launched at GHS in 1993. In 2008 it became the first professional career academy in the district. The focus is to provide experience for students interested in pursuing technical training in health-related careers.

The students who have qualified for the state conference are:

Narissa Ali, Bae Cabigting, Alexander Becker – 2nd place HOSA Bowl

James Cohen, Sophia Padilla – 1st place – Medical Innovations

Abby Eckhardt, Carter Jones, Lilliana Soto – 2nd place – Medical Innovations

Anna Broling, Amy Bush, Amber Frey and Aarushi Priya – 2nd place – Public Service Announcement

Julia Eby – 1st place – Dental Terminology

Katherine Sammy – Medical Reading – 1st Place

Alexis Smith – Medical Terminology – 1st place

Zoe Lammers – Medical Terminology – 3rd place

Isabelle Lednicky – 1st place – Pathophysiology

Emily Quach – 1st place – Biomedical Laboratory 

Brandon Kong – 1st place – Clinical Specialty

Kayla Williams – 1st place – Home Health Aide

Angel Amigo – 2nd place – Home Health Aide

Jakob Schenck – 1st place – Physical Therapy

Malena Brinson – 2nd place – Physical Therapy

Kysa Flores – 3rd place – Physical Therapy

Kalley Waldrop – 3rd place   – Extemporaneous Writing

Elaina Rollins – 1st place – Medical Photography

Arden Loftus – 1st Place – Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking

Payton Bumgarner and Tori Moore – 2nd place – Public Health

Kody Brock and Cole Whitehead – 1st place – EMT