HOSA students score high at regionals

ELKINS – Randolph Technical Center students showcased their medical knowledge during the Health Occupations Students of America regional competition last week at Marshall University in Huntington.

Three of the seven local competitors will move on to represent West Virginia at the National HOSA competition, slated for June 24-29 in Orlando, Fla.

Kenna Whitcomb, a senior at Elkins High School, competed in pharmacology and brought home second place in the state. Whitcomb is the first Randolph Technical Center student to place in the category, and will move on to compete in Orlando.

Whitcomb said she worked in her health occupations classes and studied hard. After high school, she plans to pursue a career in pharmacy. She currently interns at Health Center Pharmacy

Victoria Kyle, an EHS senior, earned second place in the regional category of pathophysiology. Currently, Kyle is working at Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center. Upon graduation, she plans to study to become a registered nurse.

The third student who will travel to Orlando to compete is Sydney Kesling, an EHS junior. Kesling placed third in the regional health poster competition.

Those competing in the poster competition were given a topic and facts, and allotted three hours to complete a poster. Kesling said she is very excited to represent her school and West Virginia in the National HOSA competition.

“I am very excited to travel to Orlando and I am looking forward to competing,” Kesling said.

Following graduation, Kesling plans to become a registered nurse and hopefully a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Tabitha Wiseman, a senior at Highland Adventist School, competed in the regional competition by taking a test in medical terminology. Upon graduation, Wiseman plans to pursue a career in pediatric oncology nursing. She currently interns at ERCC.

EHS senior Emily Davis competed in the online nutrition test. Davis plans to be a speech pathologist. She is an intern at Jennings Randolph Elementary School.

Nicole Jackson, an EHS senior, competed in the home health aid competition, demonstrating her skills and taking a test. Jackson interns at ERCC and plans to be a registered nurse.

Competing in the medical photography competition was EHS junior Kristina Fortney. Following graduation, she plans to be a radiologist.

Health Occupations instructor Sallie Hamrick said she is proud of her students.

“I am excited with the results,” Hamrick said. “They worked very hard and the large amount of snow days made it more difficult for them to prepare.”

Hamrick said the cost for each student to attend the Orlando competition is approximately $1,500.

“We are sponsoring a yard sale and bake sale on March 29 in the conference room at the Randolph Technical Center,” Hamrick said. “We hope folks will stop by and help us raise funds for this.”

Hamrick said the participants will be contacting local businesses for sponsorships.

Additional information about the program or events, or to make a donation call 304-636-9195.