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Lahainaluna HOSA students achieve three top finishes at International Leadership Conference

By Staff | Aug 20, 2020

The team of (from left) Leilani Umyaum, Fara Advincula, Yvonne Abut and Jadelyn Fujii earned a silver medal in the Public Service Announcement event during the International Leadership Conference.

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) team achieved three big wins at the International Leadership Conference (ILC) earlier this summer.

The team qualified 18 students in 11 events to the ILC last February at the state-level Career and Technical Student Organizations Conference.

Of those 18 students, 11 of them committed to ILC’s very first virtual conference that took place June 22-26.

“These students continued to spend their fourth quarter and the first half of the summer preparing for a competition that still held over 8,000 attendees,” explained Malia Shimomura, Lahainaluna High School Health Services Pathway instructor and HOSA advisor.

“This year’s conference would have been held in Houston, Texas, but competitors were able to take their exams or submit their products virtually from their homes. Rules were modified, but the expectations were even more rigorous. Competitors also had opportunities to attend virtual symposiums, explore a health care expo, online speaking to professionals from around the world, and even competed in an Live Anatomy Tournament.”

During the conference, incoming sophomore Troy Concepcion (Medical Reading) earned a top ten finish.

During the ILC, incoming senior Caitlin Baclay (Human Growth and Development) and sophomore-to-be Troy Concepcion (Medical Reading) both earned top ten wins in their respective events.

The incoming sophomore team of Yvonne Abut, Fara Advincula, Leilani Umayum and Jadelyn Fujii brought home silver medals, taking second place in the Public Service Announcement event. Their topic was “Stop the Bleed.”

Other Lahainaluna competitors – Abigail Akamine in Pharmacology, Trinity Belmont in Physical Therapy,

David Advincula in Medical Law and Ethics, and Chelsea Adovas in Extemporaneous Health Poster – will earn an International Certificate of Participation.

The team was guided by advisors Shimomura, Marc Watasaki and Nicole Aceret.

Incoming senior Caitlin Baclay finished in the top ten in the Human Growth and Development competition.