MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2009
Mt. SAC Health Career Students Win 11 medals at Nationals
WALNUT, Calif.––Mt. San Antonio College health career students recently won four gold medals, three silver medals, and four bronze medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) national competition in Nashville, TN. More than 6,000 secondary and post-secondary students competed at the national leadership event.
Adam Lwin (West Covina), Chaona Malunga (Riverside), Angelita Pedraja (Anaheim), Erin Zepeda (Victorville) all won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Lwin also took home a silver medal in the concepts of health category.
Michael Moland (Fontana) won a silver medal in the human growth and development competition, while Shianda Draper (Fontana) won a silver medal in medical spelling. Draper also won a bronze medal in creative problem solving.
Ronda Eggers (Fullerton), Sylvia Castillo (West Covina), and Elizabeth Guzman all won bronze medals in creative problem solving. Eggers was also awarded a $250 scholarship in the Kaiser Permanente examination, and Jules Jackson (Altadena) was a finalist in the extemporaneous health poster competition.
“All ten of our competitors this year ranked in the top ten nationally as finalists, and that is quite an accomplishment,” said Mt. SAC Psychiatric Technician Professor and HOSA Advisor Mary Ellen Reyes. “Being involved in and competing in HOSA is a life changing experience for students.”
HOSA, established in 1976 by the U.S. Department of Education, is the national organization for secondary and post-secondary health career students. The organization provides students in 40 states with skills, leadership development, and career development.