Eleven students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) recently competed, for the first time in school history, in the South Carolina Heath Occupation Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference in Charleston. Four of the 11 students placed in the top five of their respective events.
Brantley Leaphart, child of Loretta and Donald Leaphart of Lexington County, placed fourth in the Researched Persuasive Speaking and Writing event. Hannah Willis, child of Jeff and Jennifer H. Willis of Pickens County, and Nitya Muppala, child of Visali and Venkata Muppala of York County, both placed fifth in the Forensic Medicine event. Eesha Maisuria, child of Himaxi and Mukesh Maisuria of Lexington County, placed third in the Transcultural Health Care event.
Maisuria is now eligible to take part in the HOSA International Leadership Conference’s competitive events, June 21-24, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.
“Our students practice for these competitive events in their spare time compared to other schools where they have a coach and class hours dedicated to such competitions,” said Dr. Bhuvana Parameswaran, biology instructor at GSSM. “Congratulations to all eleven students for their dedication and commitment.”
Some students took part in HOSA while at their home high school, however, this is the first year GSSM has participated in the competition.
HOSA seeks to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.
The Competitive Events Program is designed to motivate HOSA members and provide a system for recognizing the competencies developed by members through health science and biomedical science class instruction, related job training, and HOSA related activities