Health related fields well represented at HOSA
Several students in health related fields at the Center for Career Services competed in the annual HOSA competition, earning high marks for their work.
Health Occupations Students of America, a student organization with a chapter at the Valhalla campus, provides an opportunity for students to be tested in their knowledge at the annual spring convention in Syracuse. Careers students in the Emergency Medical Services, Animal Science and Nursing Assistant programs competed in April.
The winners are:
Scott Weaver and Johnny Oquendo, First Place, CPR and First Aid
Diego Sanchez and Kayla Lopez, Second Place, CPR and First Aid
Vexsanna Jackson and Rhyle McSpedon, First Place, EMT
Leslie Calderon and Jennifer Huerta, Second Place, EMT
Jeremy Marrero and Antonio Calderon, Third Place, EMT
Miranda Reynolds, First Place
Jasmine Damian, Second Place
Juliette Suarez, Third Place
Madelyn Espada, First Place, Medical Reading
Janice Rodriguez, Second Place, Medical Reading
Fatima Juarez and Kimberly Barjas, HOSA Achievement Award
The competition enables students to show off their skills and compete with other students from throughout New York.
Several students in the EMS program said they were nervous before the competition began because they did not know ahead of time what they would be tested on. Most, however, said they felt prepared.
“It was a good experience,” Jennifer Huerta-Solis said.
The EMS students worked in teams, and many have the goal of one day working in law enforcement or as firefighters.
“You definitely learn how to work under pressure,” Vexsanna Jackson, a student at Martin Luther King High School in Hastings-On-Hudson, said.
“I felt very prepared. I was taking it very seriously,” she said.
Students were presented with a hypothetical situation and were judged on how well they assessed the patient and what care they would provide under the circumstances.
Animal Science student Juliette Suarez serves as the New York HOSA president.
“She put SWBOCES on the map,” teacher Michael D’Abbruzzo said. “We were unknown in Animal Science in New York before. I’m just super proud of her.”
Those competing in Animal Science each took an individual test as well as a skill test during the competition.
“It was a good experience,” Jasmine, who won second place said, adding that she appreciated meeting other kids with similar interests.
“The skills test was hard. We were asked to do things we had never seen before,” first place winner Miranda said. The test, she said, made her realize just how much more schooling in veterinary tech she has to go. However, she is determined and will be attending Wilson College for pre-veterinary studies.
“I am really excited for it,” Miranda said.
Both Juliette, who won a third place, and Jasmine will be attending SUNY Dehli, enrolling in the school’s veterinarian technology program.
“It boosts your confidence,” Fatima Juarez, a senior at New Rochelle High School and Nursing Assistant student, said of the competition. “At that moment you are in front of people you don’t even know.”
Madelyn Espada, a senior at Woodlands High School and Nursing Assistant student, said she appreciates the competition because there is a lot of positive feedback given to participants.
Madelyn earned a first-place prize for Medical Reading, and Janice earned a second place. Both Fatima and Kimberly Barjas, a senior at New Rochelle High School, each received a HOSA Achievement Award.
In addition, competitors got to meet new people from around the state and from other programs, including meeting fellow SWBOCES students who are in the afternoon classes whom they never get to see.
“It shows you more self-awareness,” added Janice Rodriguez, a fellow Nursing Assistant student and senior at New Rochelle High School.
The HOSA competition follows strict guidelines, and students are required to adhere to the dress code while they compete. The event also provides students an opportunity to get to meet other students and hear from speakers in their fields of interest, attend meetings and enjoy a dance.
“It’s nice because it is an organization run by students,” Jasmine said.