June 3, 2014

A number of  local students competed at the state level in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) contest  this spring  and four of them came home, earning the right to travel to the national conference to represent Colorado in their respective areas of expertise in national competition.  The national conference will be held in Orlando in late June.

Haley Schadegg  qualified in Medical Assisting when she won first place at the state level. Ashlee Milheim  placed second in Medical Assisting  and  Carlie Rosa and Lauren Zimmerman competed in the Career Health Display team event and took fifth place in Colorado. 

The HOSA program is operated under the auspices of Northeastern Junior College and primarily consists of high school juniors and seniors who have desire to pursue medical-related careers. Some college age students do occasionally participate in the program at a post-secondary level. Students learn in the classroom, doing various labs and they are also placed out into various locations to do clinicals and job shadow healthcare professionals.

The coordinator of the program is Jolene Buss who will accompanying the students to Florida. The HOSA students did a hog roast and member auction in early May to raise money to help pay for this trip. They have had some wonderful response from the community and they want to say thank you to all those who have donated.  They do remain a little short their financial goal. Anyone desiring to donate to this trip, to help put  Sterling students on the national stage, may contact Buss at 521—6748 or email: Jolene.buss@njc.edu  

You may also contact one of these four students individually if you are acquainted with them personally.