District Five student wins first place in state competition

Kendall Smith, a biomedical science student at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) and also a student at Spring Hill High School, won first place at the South Carolina HOSA-Future Health Professionals state competition in the area of Sports Medicine. She received the award during the 2022 HOSA State Leadership Conference held in Charleston, South Carolina March 18.

School District Five also had two students place in the top five in their competitions. Harrison Pham (Irmo High School) competed in the Medical Spelling competition and Carolina Ottich-Seiwald (Dutch Fork High School) competed in the Cultural Diversities & Disparities in Healthcare competition.

“I am so proud of our students and all their hard work and dedication to HOSA,” HOSA sponsor Peter Lauzon said. “It shines through in all their work and in the awards, they captured at the state conference. Kendall is a valuable leader for The Center’s HOSA club and we wish her the best of luck as she goes off to HOSA International.”

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

Each year, HOSA members are encouraged to take full advantage of the HOSA Competitive Events Program, a constantly expanding and improving series of health care-related competitive events. Competitive events are designed to provide a system for recognizing the competencies developed by members through Health and Biomedical Science class instruction, related job training and activities. Individual members and teams are evaluated according to set standards of performance by professionals from the health care community appropriate to each event.