Medical Terminology, Health Education, and Speaking Skills; just three areas of competition for middle school students in the Queen Creek Unified School District. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders taking on these challenging competitions are part of HOSA, Health Occupational Students of America. On April 20, QCUSD students put their studying to the test at the State HOSA Competition in Tucson.
Traditionally, HOSA has been for high school students; however, for only the second time ever at State, Arizona middle schools competed including Queen Creek Middle and Newell Barney Middle School. To say QCUSD students performed is an understatement; QCUSD students gave their all in each HOSA competition and it showed!
From Queen Creek Middle School: Breanna Jonaitis, Drew Blackwell, Bryson Roseborough, Maelynn Reed and Lennon VanAusdaul took home 1st Place Golds, Jacob Causer took home 2nd Place Silver, Lia Blackwell took home 3rd Place Bronze and Alicia Kalafus took home 4th Place.
From Newell Barney Middle School: Jaiden Pacheco took home 1st Place Gold, Riley Ballard and Devan Richardson took home 3rd Place Bronze and Emily Hill and Kyleigh Wiles took home 5th Place. Students who placed 1st through 3rd qualified to attend the International Competition in Orlando, Florida June 26-30, 2017.
Students from Queen Creek High School also competed in the State HOSA Competition. Edith De La Torre took home 1st Place Gold in Physical Therapy, Emma Calvari took home 2nd Place Silver in Extemporaneous Writing, Brandon Sloboda took home 4th Place in Physical Therapy and Haley Milton came in 5th in Prepared Speaking. More than 2,000 students from around Arizona competed in the State HOSA tournament. Edith, Brandon and Emma will now go on to the International Competition.