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Students fare well in nursing school competition
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING -- Twentyeight Coldspring-Oakhurst High School students participated at various levels in this year’s Health Occupation Students of America competitions, resulting in COHS representation at regional, State, and national contests. Among the participants, one student advanced to national competition. As previously reported, Jessica Marshall placed second in State. She will compete in the national HOSA Nursing Skill contest in June. Two additional students also vied in State events. Mary Elizabeth Ruesewald placed 7th in physical therapy and Josh Taylor participated in the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Issues Exam/Current Events contest. All three advanced to State based on their performance at the HOSA Regional Leadership Conference contest. Reporting on all results from the Regional Conference, Susan Caraballo, R.N., COHS Health Science Technology instructor, says six additional students qualifi ed as alternates for State competition. They are Samantha Caraballo, Nikki Kelley, and Katherine Young, 4th place, Medical Reading; Ivone Medina and Kameron Wirzberg, 4th place, Health Education; and Shametria Brown, 5th place, Epidemiology. Other students who placed in the regional contest are Destiny Williams, 5th place, Nurse Aide; Ashleigh Calvert, JC Fishback, Bryce Shepherd and Daisy Gomez, 6th place, Public Service Announcement; Taylor Kelley, 6th , Sports Medicine; Travis January, 7th place, Dental Assisting; Tevin Brown, 8th place, Job Seeking Skills; Danny Gust, 9th place, Extemporaneous Speaking; Katiana Mimms, 10th place, Job Seeking Skills; TyEsha Harrison, 10th place, Epidemiology; Brianna Russell and Branden Westerdahl, 11th place, Career Health Display; Ashlye Siegfried, 12th place, Medical Photography; Victoria Hewitt, 12th place, Prepared Speaking; and Kaeley Gerstle, 16th place, Extemporaneous Writing. Caraballo comments that unlike most school-based competitions, HOSA brings together students from all types and sizes of schools. She says, “We compete against 5A schools and health magnet schools, both of which have access to valuable resources. Still,” she adds, “our students represent COHS with pride and they continue to excel and achieve.”


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