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Newly Created HOSA Chapter Claims Cup, Individual Awards at Annual Affair
Science teacher and HOSA chapter moderator Ann Pfalzgraf holds the hard-earned HOSA Cup. (Photo courtesy: Andrew Norlin-SPS HOSA)
(COVINGTON, La.) — Once again, the inaugural brood of students from the St. Paul’s HOSA chapter bring word of new accomplishment. At the State Leadership Conference for Louisiana HOSA, an event which spans three days and is held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the students involved were movers-and-shakers who very rarely had time for a break.
“(At the event), students compete in competitive events, learn in informative workshops, meet other students with common interests, and most of all, have fun,” club member Andrew Norlin said.
SPS students won either first, second, or took both places in 10 different categories. These awards were received among two other state recognitions: “Chapter Reflection Book” and “National Service Project for National Alliance on Mental Illness.”
The individual awards were granted to: Josh Devier, first in Healthcare Issues Exam; Andrew Norlin, first, and Josh Devier, second, in Biomedical Laboratory Science; Chris Wilson and Paul Stolin, first, and Jacques du Passage, Josh Devier, and Blake Ramsey, second, in Biomedical Debate; Sean Hightower, first in Extemporaneous Writing; Blake Ramsey, second in Medical Law and Ethics; Josh Devier, first in Pharmacology; Ross Hightower, first in Medical Reading; and, Josh Devier, second in Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking.
To top off their myriad of awards, the HOSA Wolves put much effort this year to receive the greatest award the conference has to offer, the HOSA cup.
“Chapters gain points by telling Louisiana HOSA about various events that the chapters plan and take place in along with attending conventions throughout the year,” Norlin said. “After the points were tallied with a last minute addition, the HOSA Wolves clenched the HOSA Cup. We are proud of our boys for representing themselves in an exemplary fashion and redounding the St. Paul’s Mission.”
As a bonus, Norlin and Devier were issued scholarships for their individual accomplishments. Norlin received a $1,000 scholarship to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, while Devier accepted a $750 scholarship to the same institution.
Blake Ramsey, Josh Devier, Brennen Calato, Jacques duPassage, Christopher Wilson, Paul Stolin, Jakob Massey, Leonard Carollo and Miles Gensler stand in their usual relaxed, yet executive, positions following an eventful day at their State HOSA conference. (Photo courtesy: Andrew Norlin-SPS HOSA)
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