LAHAINA - Twenty-three Lahainaluna High School students last week qualified to compete in the State Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Conference.
Students from Lahainaluna, Maui High School, King Kekaulike and Kamehameha Schools Maui competed in HOSA competitions on Jan. 21 at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus.
Students also attended workshops at the event this year hosted by Maui High School.
Lahainaluna High School students show off their awards after the Maui Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) event last week.
The following Lahainaluna students advanced to the state conference at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu on Feb. 20-21, 2013: seniors Vincent Magno Jr. and Marella Galace in CPR & First Aid; junior Ho'olai'ikeao Cabanilla in Extemporaneous Speaking; junior Jessa Emmerich and sophomore Kaye Padron in Extemporaneous Health Poster; junior Kirsten Gilchrist in Extemporaneous Writing; junior Breea Yamat in Healthy Lifestyle; sophomore Chantelle Baclay in Human Growth & Development; senior Leslie Garo in Job Seeking Skills; senior Vincent Sarian in Medical Assisting; sophomore Dianne Huynh, senior Jeannie Ramelb and junior Lorilei Vistacion in Medical Math; sophomore Kiley Nishino in Medical Reading; senior Paige Cajudoy in Pharmacology; senior Amanda Matsuda in Prepared Speaking; seniors Lark Canico and Jenina Pascua, and junior Honeylynn Yabo in Public Service Announcements; senior Gaylord Garcia in Researched Persuasive Speaking; and sophomores Maile Altier and Siera Olvera, and junior Kimberlie Nguyen in Sports Medicine.
Lahainaluna Health Services Pathway teacher Malia Shimomura explained that some students placed fourth or fifth in their contest but earned qualifying scores to the state conference.
Shimomura said students prepare for the HOSA contests by studying text, working under mentors and rehearsing.
"I hold one campus competition that allows for them to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, and their peers use the HOSA rubrics to grade them," she explained.
"There are some events that I am more comfortable with, so I can help them out a bit more. Other events, I can only offer them study/practice strategies but not necessarily content help."
There are some 50 HOSA events offered in Hawaii. Students want to advance through the state contest and compete at the national meet.
"There is a national conference taking place in Nashville, Tennessee this summer. That is essentially their end goal," she concluded.