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Future health professionals compete at international conference

HOSA students


More than 150 students and advisers from across Delaware joined more than 11,500 other members at the 42nd annual HOSA-Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference in Orlando last week. The students represented the First State in competitive events that included: medical math, epidemiology, physical therapy, forensic medicine, dental science, medical assisting, biomedical laboratory science and more.

Delaware HOSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) dedicated to students who are interested in pursuing their future in a career in healthcare. Through HOSA-Future Health Professionals, members have the opportunity to participate in career focused competitive events, take part in community service work, and become leaders for the organization in their school, state, and at the international level. HOSA-Future Health Professionals incorporates curricular and co-curricular experiences to emphasize the importance of knowledge, leadership, skill development, and teamwork.

The following students and advisers were recognized in their events:


  • Dental sceince: POLYTECH High School, Yasmine Awayes, Silver medal (Adviser Karen Teidgen)
  • Dental terminology: Sussex Technical High School, Alexis Porohnavi (Adviser Ryan Doherty)
  • Extemporaneous health poster: Middletown High School, Sophia Bonfigli (Advisers Deb Otto/Colleen Barrett)
  • Healthy lifestyle: Middletown High School, Jessica Price, Bronze medal (Advisers Deb Otto/Colleen Barrett)
  • Interviewing skills: Middletown High School, Layalie Alfroukh (Advisers Deb Otto/Colleen Barrett)
  • Job-seeking skills: Sussex Technical High School, Jonathan Lee (Adviser Ryan Doherty)
  • Medical assisting: St. Georges High School, Aaliya Wright (Adviser Linda Wirt)
  • Prepared speaking: Middletown High School, Ashten Robino (Advisers Deb Otto/Colleen Barrett)
  • Public service announcement: Middletown High School, James Ivery, Noah Walsh, Kayla Rispoli, Emma Fisher, Kendal Gray 
    (Advisers Deb Otto/Colleen Barrett)
  • Outstanding HOSA achievement: Newark Charter, Caroline Kelly and Rohan Kanchana (Adviser Melanie Mundell)
  • ATC-Microbiology: William Penn High School, Gerardo Cepeda (Adviser Missy Hanley)
  • Barbara James Service Award: Newark Charter High School, Rohith Maraka (Adviser Melanie Mundell)
  • Barbara James Service Award: Newark Charter High School, Emily Hadley (Adviser Melanie Mundell)
  • Barabara James Service Award: Middletown High School, Sikha Sahu (Advisers Deb Otto/Colleen Barrett)
  • Barbara James Service Award: Newark Charter High School, William Feldmann (Adviser Melanie Mundell)
  • HOSA Service Project-NPCF: Conrad Schools of Science, Samantha Lopez (Adviser Renee Allen)
  • Outstanding state leader: POLYTECH High School, Yasmine Awayes (Adviser Karen Tiedgen)
  • Outstanding state adviser: St. Georges High School, Linda Wirt
  • Delaware voting delegates: Newark Charter High School, Caroline Kelly, Alexandra Marks, Megan Stephens (Adviser Melanie Mundell)
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