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Lahainaluna HOSA students qualify for international conference

By Staff | Mar 10, 2016

Lahainaluna High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students on Feb. 25 qualified for the HOSA International Leadership Conference.

LAHAINA – On Feb. 25, Hawaii students competed in the Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Students in HOSA, DECA, FFA, FCCLA, and Skills USA competed, seeking to earn medals in their respective events.

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) was the largest organization at the conference. More than 1,000 students competed, with the top three students in each event qualifying for the HOSA International Leadership Conference (schools from other countries can now enter the conference) scheduled for June 21-29, 2016, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lahainaluna High School achieved a strong showing at the state meet, with the following HOSA students qualifying for the international conference: Natalie Brown, third place, Pathophysiology; Jarren Rosqueta, third place, Medical Spelling; Kathleen Yagyagan, second place, Nutrition; Bridgette Cuaresma, third place, Nutrition; Ayn Marie Eastridge, second place, Transcultural Health Care; Nikki Zamani, first place, Transcultural Health Care; Krizhna Bayudan, third place, Clinical Specialty; Asti Arcangel, first place, Sports Medicine; Kamal Golaube, second place, Sports Medicine; Mike Nguyen and Joanna Aceret, first place, CPR/First Aid Team; Kaile Kron, third place, Epidemiology; Jarred Lunes, Nunthiya Fakava, Shirlene Companero and Alexis Matias, first place, Public Health Team; Calen Matsuda, third place, Prepared Speaking; Jaela Naha, Isabella Omura and Leah Werblun, third place, Biomedical Debate Team; Eva Olson and Jamie Fujii, first place, Community Awareness Team; John Supnet and Mariel Baclay, third place, Health Career Display Team; and Jamille Andres, Dhiane Martinez, Kaela Ramos and Kristel Yagyagan, first place, PSA Team.

The LHS HOSA team is seeking financial support for their trip to Nashville this summer. The conference not only offers competition; there are also leadership workshops and professional development opportunities to benefit the students.

Many graduates of this program have been joining the medical field and giving back to their communities. They stated that HOSA prepared them for college and their careers.

In fact, alumni who are either already doctors or in a medical school to become a doctor have come back to Lahainaluna to speak to the students.

If you would like to help, send checks to 980 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, HI 96761. You may send to an individual student or to the group (LHS HOSA account), which will be spread out evenly amongst the group.

For more information, e-mail Advisor Malia Shimomura at malia_shimomura@notes.k12.hi.us.