CONTRIBUTED Eleven students from the Franklin County Career Technical Center attending the HOSA State Leadership Conference are (from left to right) Jaedin Payne (HOSA secretary), Morgan Welch (HOSA reporter), Kaleb Bray (HOSA vice president), Tanner Warhurst, Autumn Cothren, Marlene Ramirez (HOSA historian), Naomi Eaton (HOSA treasurer), Kaley Vandiver, McKalan Turbyfil, Abby Jones (HOSA president) and Ginger Diego-Juan (HOSA parliamentarian).

HOSA students compete at state

Eleven students from the Franklin County Career Technical Center were among 1,500 from across the state of Alabama competing at the HOSA State Leadership Conference held last month in Montgomery.

New health science instructor/HOSA adviser Andrea Sornberger said she was proud of the effort Franklin County students put forth in the competitive events. With the best performance among FCCTC students, Ginger Diego-Juan won second place in the Personal Care event and has an opportunity to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., this summer.

Ginger Diego-Juan was 2nd place winner in the Personal Care event.

“A patient care scenario was read to Ginger – such as measuring and recording patient vital signs, discharging a patient from a health care facility or positioning/transferring patients in a healthcare facility,” Sornberger explained. “She was allocated a certain amount of time to do the skill she was asked to perform. Ginger worked really hard practicing her skills during class, and I am so proud of her accomplishment.

Additionally, Kaley Vandiver and Kaleb Bray also placed in the top six for the Health Career Display event.

“Teams consisting of two competitors develop a visual display of a specific career or cluster of careers in the health care field,” Sornberger explained. “The display allows students to express ideas through an artistic medium to highlight the benefits of a particular career focus. Kaley and Kaleb’s display was centered around the orthodontics profession.”

Other FCCTC students attending and competing in events were: Morgan Welch, Autumn Cothren, Naomi Eaton, Marlene Ramirez, Abby Jones and McKalan Turbyfill (Health Career Display event), Jaedin Payne (Behavioral Health) and Tanner Warhurst (Medical Law and Ethics).

The students, Sornerberger noted, “are all winners to me.”

“I learned so much at the State Leadership Conference and was very proud of how well our students represented the Franklin County Career Technical Center,” Sornberger said. “I am so proud of this great group of students and to their parents for allowing them to attend. It was an amazing experience for them as well as for me.”

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