WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

Mt. SAC Health Career Students Win Silver and Gold at Nationals

WALNUT, Calif.––– Mt. San Antonio College health career students recently won four gold medals and four silver medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) national competition in Nashville, TN. More than 5,200 secondary and post-secondary students competed in 56 different health-related events at the national leadership event held June 26-30.

Arnold Brown (Ontario), Gabriela Franco (Hesperia), Cecily French (Pomona), and Irma Macias (Azusa) all won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition.

Han Duong (West Covina), Stephanie Gonzalez (La Puente), Amanda Repato (Corona), and Tenique Silcott (Fontana) all won silver medals in the biomedical debate event.

Teammates Michelle Alejandrez (Pomona), Darlene Cabrera (Rowland Heights), Deborah Delgado (Upland), and Bryan Everage (Pomona) placed fourth in the creative problem solving competition. Peria Borrayo (Ontario), Jeremy Kurkowski (Chino Hills), Blanca Tovar-Garcia (Pomona), and Laura Wroth (Chino) placed fifth in the creative problem solving event.

“We had 16 competitors this year, and all 16 ranked nationally as finalists. That is quite an achievement,” 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.

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