As of Tuesday, May 8, 2018
BOISE Local students competed at the state HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) event April 11-13 at the Boise Riverside Hotel. In all, about 850 students from across the state competed. Among those were students from Kamiah, Grangeville and Prairie high schools.
Kamiah High School
Two seniors, Davi Murphy and Chynna Wilcox, received $1,000 scholarships.
Senior Lacey Kludt ended her year as a state officer. She was vice-president for region I and II.
“State officers help to implement the three-day leadership conference,” said advisor Terry Law.
In the public service announcement category, Claire McNall, Chloe Hescock and Hailey Robinson won second place with their topic of “pre-diabetes.”
In the health education category, Destiny Knight and Zoe Wilcox won second place with a class on “sudden cardiac arrest.” In the same category, Chynna Wilcox, Sydney Wilcox, Marlee Engledow and Bret Raymond won third place with a class on “teen dating violence.”
In the prepared speaking category, which includes a five-minute speech, Lacey Kludt placed second, Davi Murphy placed third, and Irene Popp placed fourth.
In the researched persuasive writing and speaking category, Laura Dow placed fourth. Her topic was “peanut allergies.”
In the extemporaneous writing category, Kati Wilkins placed fifth.
Grangeville High School
“I’m proud of the kids for all their hard work,” said advisor Tracy Baune.
Those attending were Rachel Chmelik, Molly DeFord, Jill Smith, Kaitlyn Spets, Illyana Barela, Colby Canaday, Kylie Cervantes, Jordan Reuter, Chloe Dame, Justin Detweiler, Brenda Gomez, Taylor Bostick, Cecilia Rojas, Isaiah Linabary, Jolie Tosten and Hunter Schoo.
Illyana Barela received a second-place medal in biomedical lab and Jordan Reuter earned a third place in the same category.
Prairie High School (Cottonwood)
Seventeen Prairie HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students competed in the State HOSA Competition.
Leah Higgins finished second in her event, medical career photography. Alexis Hiller finished second in epidemiology and the team of Alexis Hiller and Kristyna Krogh earned second place in health career display. Krogh also finished in the top five in dental science and Kyleigh Duclos received a fifth-place finish in health career photography. Kendra Duclos finished in the top 10 percent in the healthcare issues exam.
“It was a pleasure taking these 17 students to Boise for this competition,” said Cheri Holthaus, HOSA advisor. “I was so proud of the way they all represented themselves and Prairie High School.”
The top three finishers in each event get to go on to compete in Dallas, Texas, at the national level as well as those who finished in the top 10 percent in the healthcare issues exam.