Sullivan students win HOSA state awards, including two first places

Rick Wagner • May 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — In a statewide vocational competition not halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sullivan County Schools students from three high schools claimed two first-place and other awards in the HOSA event.

Aaron Flanary, career technical education or vocational facilitator for the school system, said two first place finishers are eligible to move on to the national CTE competition to be held virtually this year, although only one first place winner will do so. The national event, part of the 43rd annual International HOSA Leadership Conference, is scheduled for June 24-27.

One first place finisher was a team from Sullivan South, the other an individual from Sullivan East. HOSA was formerly the Health Occupations Students of America.

Sullivan East winners are:

Freshman Emma Coleman,  first place in the Job Seeking Skills Competition. She plans to compete in the national event.

Junior Aubrey DeBord, third place in the Clinical Specialty Competition, which is a state-only event.

Freshman Gracie Carrier, top finalist in the Healthcare Issues Exam Competition, which is done at state only.

Sullivan South winners are:

First place PSA (Public Service Announcement): senior  Elliott Brooks, senior Abbey Jayne, freshman Carter Henry, freshman Kaylie Joyner, freshman Hailey Ketron and freshman Grace Misciagna. However, the team does not plan to compete nationally.

Sullivan Central’s HOSA winner is the fourth place Health Career Display team: senior Bailey Neeham and junior Cassidy Johnson.

“HOSA was the one club that got to have its state competition before schools went to virtual learning” because of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, Flanary said.

Teresa Cassell, health science teacher at Sullivan East High School, said the national competition this year will be virtual, just as school has been conducted since March. Other CTE instructors involved with the teams include health science teacher Amy Joyner of South and health science teacher Emily Robinette of Central. Robinette said former first lady Laura Bush will be the keynote speaker at the national HOSA event.

“Students will compete using video uploads and virtual interviews with the judges,” Cassell said. “The competition information from each student will be uploaded online into tallo.com as well.”

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