Locals do well in health competition

Three students from the Grand Valley chapters of HOSA Future Health Professionals placed in the top 10 in competitions at the HOSA National Leadership Conference June 26-29 in Nashville, Tenn.

Two members of the college-level Colorado Mesa University HOSA chapter and 13 members of the high school-level Western Colorado Community College chapter attended the conference.

Approximately 5,200 students from 48 states and Puerto Rico competed in various medical and health-related categories. HOSA is a nationwide organization designed to help students gain health science knowledge and leadership.

Local HOSA student Lis Bloom placed third at the national conference in extemporaneous speaking. Fourth- through 10th-place rankings in each category have yet to be determined, but the team knows chapter members Taylor Sturm and Jennifer Hicks placed somewhere in the top 10 in researched persuasive speaking and physical therapy, respectively.

Hicks also was a national officer final round candidate and was named outstanding state officer for Colorado.

Four hundred students were honored with presidential commendations for community service at the event. Five of those students are local: Laura Bloom and Kayla Bensley got gold pins for volunteering 249 or more hours in the last year, Paage Yeates and Kieryn Richardson received bronze pins for volunteering more than 149 hours in the last year, and Meg Tillotson got a certificate for 100 hours of community service in 2012-13.

CMU/WCCC HOSA Adviser Theresa Bloom said the number of accolades Grand Valley students brought home are significant considering there are 152,000 HOSA members nationwide and just 136 local participants.

She said students came home from the conference with more ideas for activities and projects and a goal for next year to raise traveling dollars for the national conference sooner.

The group met its funding goal a day before leaving for Tennessee June 25.

Donations for the next trip may be mailed to Western Colorado Community College/HOSA, 2508 Blichmann Ave., Grand Junction 81505.


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