There are over 50 different competitive events, building attributes of leadership, professionalism, knowledge and experience in the student’s area of interest.
After a great showing at an island competition held recently at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the university will send 12 representatives to compete at the state health occupation competition Feb. 22-24 in Honolulu. The competition takes place at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference.
- See story about last year’s win at state competition: Students from UH Hilo dominate awards at conference on health occupations.
The UH Hilo team will be accompanied by Cecilia Mukai, chapter advisor and professor of nursing.
Winners at the 2nd Annual Big Island Regional
At the recent regional competition held at UH Hilo, approximately 100 members representing chapters at UH Hilo, Kamehameha Schools-Hawaiʻi, and Kaʻu, Keaʻau and Waiakea High Schools competed in a wide range of events, including pharmacology, nursing assisting, veterinary science, and public health. HOSA offers over 50 different competitive events, building attributes of leadership, professionalism, knowledge and experience in the student’s area of interest.
Members of HOSA at UH Hilo earning top honors included the Public Service Announcement Team of Leslie Arce, Jerold Cabel, and Marjie Retundo. Shauna Gaylord and Kalalani Kaʻaikala of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are part of the first CERT to be formed within the HOSA organization in Hawaiʻi.
The individuals who came in first in their respective categories were Kateleen Caye Bio in pharmacology, Sharrylei Fernandez in nutrition, Courtney Guirao in nursing assisting, Chrisovolandou Gronowski in behavioral health, and Justin Allagonez, who led a UH Hilo sweep in the medical terminology category, with John Padapat coming in second, and Hazel Faye Sivila placing third.
HOSA-Future Health Professionals is an international organization with more than 175,000 members and 2.4 million alumni. HOSA was established in Hawaiʻi in 2005 and has grown to more than 1,300 members.