Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools students from the Bioscience Technologies Satellite at Clark Hall in Gahanna recently participated at the HOSA Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, where students in school districts from around the world competed in various leadership and skills competitions. The conference featured over 8,500 students from across the United States and several countries, including Canada and China. Ohio HOSA chapters had 22 top 10 finishes at the national competition, with Eastland-Fairfield receiving four of those, the most of any Ohio school.
Students who attended the HOSA International National Leadership Conference and received awards and recognition were:
- Gahanna Lincoln High School students Neha Badam, Kayla Davis, Hanna Ford, Sreekar Miriyala, and Ian Slaughter; Pickerington North High School student Brittany Isbister; Whitehall-Yearling High School student Makida Bekele; and Groveport-Madison High School student Haylee Ottman received the Barbara James Service Award, which honors those with an excess of 100 service hours each;
- Bloom-Carroll High School student Makayla Lerner and Reynoldsburg High School students Ariel Lazo and Jared Uhl participated in creative problem-solving;
- Gahanna Lincoln High School 2018 graduate Virag Patel participated in prepared speaking;
- Gahanna Lincoln High School 2018 graduates Neha Badam, Katie Blowers, Sreekar Miriyala and Iman Faqih placed ninth in the biomedical debate competition;
- Whitehall-Yearling High School 2018 graduates Makida Bekele and Casey McDaniel, Pickerington North High School 2018 graduate Brittany Isbister, and Gahanna Lincoln High School 2018 graduates Madison Morrison and Ian Slaughter placed seventh in the public health competition;
- Gahanna Lincoln High School 2018 graduate Jessie Sharp placed fifth in the clinical specialty competition;
- Gahanna Lincoln High School students Rachel Becker and Hila Eitam and Reynoldsburg High School student Casi Drabick placed third in the public service announcement competition.
HOSA is the only national student organization that exclusively serves secondary and postsecondary/collegiate students in pursuit of a career in the health professions. The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.