Claremore students place 3rd at HOSA Nationals

Claremore students place 3rd at HOSA Nationals
Posted on 07/02/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Claremore students place 3rd at HOSA NationalsFrom mid-April through early July, thousands of students across the nation compete in skills contests as part of their chosen CareerTech Student Organization (CTSO). In total, 11 students from the Northeast Tech Claremore Campus represented Oklahoma at the various national competitions, and two of those students placed third in their categories.

Whitney Cunningham (Tulsa) and Christofer Orcutt (Claremore) traveled to Dallas in late June to compete in the HOSA Future Healthcare Professionals National Competition. Both represented Oklahoma in the CPR First Aid competition.

“We had several possible scenarios we needed to be prepared for, and overall, I believe the competition, once we started, took 15 minutes for us to complete,” Cunningham said. “The hardest part was trying to remember the treatment for each different scenario and not getting them mixed up.”

Both Cunningham and Orcutt were surprised by the sheer size of the competition, which included more than 10,000 participants from all 50 states as well as Canada and China. In every competition category, students are judged on dress, skill, leadership, professionalism and communication, and Practical Nursing Instructor Karen Flatt made sure to provide Cunningham and Orcutt plenty of opportunities to prepare.

“We gave them the list of performance check-offs, and we also allowed them practice time in our lab at school,” Flatt said. “HOSA stresses the importance of challenging yourself every day to grow as a person, and these competitions are certainly a challenge.”

When not competing or attending conference sessions, the students had time for sightseeing, shopping and experiencing some of the attractions Texas has to offer.
“We went to Magnolia Market in Waco, ate seafood at Pappadeux, and the rooftop pool was one of my favorite parts of our downtime,” Orcutt said.

Cunningham had a harder time selecting just one moment as her favorite.

“I don’t know if I have a favorite moment of the week, I think the entire experience was a lot of fun,” Cunningham said. “The most valuable thing I’ll take away from this is probably working as a team better than I did before.”

Each year Northeast Tech sends a number of students to the state and national CTSO competitions; depending on the CTSO competition regulations, only those students who place in the top three at their state competitions are eligible to advance to nationals. This year, Northeast Tech sent 43 students to national competitions in Dallas and Louisville.

“Our board and instructors realize the importance of these competitions, not only for the skills and professional networking opportunities it brings to the students, but also because it expands their world a little bit,” said Northeast Tech Superintendent Fred Probis. “For that reason, our district sends a number of students to the competitions each year – it’s an investment in their future.”
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