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Hosa ans SkillsUSA Competed Nationally This Summer-Macayla Martin,James Saylor, & Madison Kennar

September 6, 2011
By Claire Johnson of Johnson Central High School

By: Macayla Martin, James Saylor, & Madison Kennard 

On June 20th, nine JCHS students, Tanner Blevins, Matthew Bowling, Steven Dennison, Joshua Gray,  Jared Kestner, Alex McCulla, Andrew Salyer, James Saylor, and Cole Sites, and their two advisors, Terry Bowling and John Robinson, began the long trip to Kansas City, Missouri, for the SkillsUSA National Championships. 

In order to advance to the national level, students must prove their exceptional skills by placing 1st in their state. After the phenomenal performance at the State Competition by all nine of these competitors, they had an incredible showing at  Nationals with Quiz Bowl bringing home the first-ever national medal for Johnson Central's SkillsUSA Chapter. 

The Quiz Bowl squad represented Kentucky and Johnson Central proudly and honorably with their performance as they placed 2nd overall in the nation. The squad (pictured bottom right) consisted of Joshua Gray, Alex McCulla, Andrew Sayler, James Saylor, and Cole Sites. 

The good news for Robinson’s squad is that three of the Quiz Bowl students will be returning to Johnson Central SkillsUSA this year for an even better performance. 

Other teams that competed nationally: Tanner Blevins and Jared Kestner in Web Design, Matthew Bowling in Job interview, and Steven Dennison in Architectural CAD Drafting.  

Trekking even further west was Laura Castle and Robin Bingham;s national HOSA competitors.

Over the summer HOSA traveled to California to compete at the National HOSA Leadership Conference. 

The following students (pictured top right) qualified to attend: Terriana Gilbert, BJ Auxier, Caleb Hinds, Stormie Bartley, Firas Sofyan, Saloni Malhotra, Darian Lewis, Clay Davenport, and Jeffrey Kestner. 

They all competed in various categories such as community awareness, public service announcement, pathophysiology, and nursing assisting. 

Out of the nine competitors, four placed. Auxier, Gilbert, Bartley, and Hinds received sixth place in community awareness. 

“It was one of my greatest high school accomplishments, the feeling of walking across that stage was overwhelming with power.” said BJ Auxier about the experience he had when they received sixth place in the National HOSA leadership conference. Auxier feels as if they work harder they will have more people to place and go to Nationals next summer. 

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