Health Students Place First in StateApril 3, 2015
by Jay Hobson
Salem Health Care students placed first in the state at the state HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) leadership conference held at Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, according to Janine Parent, RN, and Marybeth Cook, RN, both Health Science teachers at Salem High School.
“Health Science and Technology is a two-year program for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in the medical field,” said Parent. “During this two-year program, students learn many skills and theories that directly relate to health care. As part of our curriculum we also have an organization called HOSA. HOSA is a student-led organization that is committed to providing students with opportunities to attain medical knowledge, skills and develop leadership capabilities. The next stop is the nationals in Anaheim, California.”
Parent said that out of the 38 Salem High students who attended the conference, 29 placed in either first, second or third place.
“Students compete in many different events against students from all over the state,” Parent explained. “Some of these competitive events include emergency medical technician, nursing assistant, HOSA Bowl, creative problem solving, and written tests on such topics as medical math, medical terminology, pharmacology and others too numerous to name. There are over 45 different competitive events.”
Parent said that the national conference is being held in Anaheim, Calif., June 22-28.
“In view of our overwhelming success, we believe attending this conference would be a valuable experience filled with many opportunities for these students. Not only would they compete at a national level, they would have the opportunity to attend educational symposiums, and leadership conferences. They would also begin to network with students, who like themselves, are interested in pursuing a career in the health care field,” Parent said.
In addition to placing first in the state, two SHS students were elected to represent the state.
Heather Alfano was elected state president and Cindy Ngetuny was elected state treasurer.
Parent said that in order to attend this conference, the Health Science and Technology students must finance the trip in its entirety.
Parent said that it could mean the difference of attending or not attending the conference for some of the students.
The approximate amount of money they are looking to raise is $1,200 per student, and they are looking for community support to help defray the cost of this trip.
“Any help is greatly appreciated and it’s also tax-deductible. All check donations should be made to Salem HOSA. We had a lot of success this year, the kids did really well; they were awesome,” Parent said.