Competition Prepares Students for Bright Future
March 6, 2012

Bilingual Weekly
By Dennis Rocha

San Joaquin County — Over 180 San Joaquin County high school students gathered at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) Tuesday, February 28, to prepare for the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state competition. For the first time the SJCOE gathered the most students to compete against each other and prepare with the help of teachers and other medical professionals. Cesar Chavez High School Students that participated in the Medical terminology category of the competition.
HOSA is a student organization that promotes career opportunities for students who plan to pursue a career in the medical field.  “It gives them [students] the opportunity to interact with other students and be critiqued and improve with those critics,” said Kathy Ruble, Coordinator of School to Career at Manteca Unified School District.“The event is planned and organized by the students; it’s good leadership experience for the students as well as putting their skills to test,” added Ruble.
Sarah Solari, judge for the speech category of the competition and Vice Principal of McNair High School, brought 13 students from McNair High School who participated in the SJCOE competition.Four students from McNair High School made it to the national level and one of them received a second place. “I was very impressed with how prepared the students are,” said Solaria, after the students improvised a speech in only ten minutes.
Students participated in categories like first aid and CPR, medical reading, vital signs, medical terminology, medical assistant, writing and public speaking.
 Among other participating high schools are Manteca High, Venture Academy, Cesar Chavez High School and Weber Institute.

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