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Greene Central HOSA Competes in Greensboro

April 4, 2014
By Donald Clark of Greene Central High School

            Greene Central’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) teams competed in the State Conference competitions at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel in Greensboro on March 28 and 29.

            This year, Greene Central had twenty-one students competing at the state conference in Greensboro. The students competed in competitions such as Public Service Announcement, Health Education, and Speaking Skills.

            Established in 1976, HOSA is a national student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry and advocates for health education. The first competitions were held at a National Leadership Conference in 1978. Some of the first competitive events were Job Interview, Medical Terminology, and Extemporaneous Speaking.

            Before progressing to state conference, each team or individual had to place in the top ten of its category at the district competition in November. After that, each team continued to study and practice with the team for the upcoming competitions.

             Greene Central held several fundraisers to help offset the cost of traveling and staying at the state conference. The fundraisers included a BBQ plate sale, a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts sale, and an Abby Candles sale.

            “The students worked hard to stay after school to study for their competition. A lot of them met outside of school too, to make sure they knew their guidelines or speeches,” said Greene Central HOSA advisor Lisa Wilson. 

            Greene Central’s team, composed of Davis Wilson, Cameron Fulford, Laettner Fulford, and Katie Avery, received first place in the Public Service Announcement competition.

            “Winning first place was almost unreal. I was completely in shock, but it felt good to win and know that all of mine and my team’s hard work paid off. Once the reality of the win set in, I was overwhelmed with excitement. I’m looking forward to nationals in Orlando,” said senior Katie Avery.

            Collecting the silver medal for the Health Education competition was Megan Gay, Chelsey Jones, Brianna Kelly, and Haley Andrews.

            “I was surprised when I found out we had gotten second place, even though we studied and practiced presenting a lot,” said junior Haley Andrews.

            Sophomore Taylor Crutchfield came in fourth place in the individual Speaking Skills competition.

            Brianna Blow, Alexis Langley, Keosha Ham, Judea Taylor, and Ashley Murray placed ninth in Public Service Announcement.  

            At state conference, Greene Central was recognized as a Gold Star Chapter for all of its hard work in the past year. It was also recognized by the American Red Cross for annually hosting blood drives.

            Students who placed in the top three of their competition will travel to Orlando, Florida June 25-28 for the National Leadership Conference competitions. This will be Greene Central’s sixth appearance at Nationals.

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