UH Hilo HOSA students shine at Hawaiʻi HOSA Virtual State Conference

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
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Posted: Mar 2, 2021

Eleven students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo earned top honors in various event categories at the recent 16th Annual Hawai‘i HOSA – Future Health Professionals Virtual State Leadership Conference.

In the Knowledge testing events, 1st Place went to freshman Sophia Shea in Epidemiology, freshman Alannah Shinde in Health Informatics, and sophomore Zyrill Dayne Dela Cruz in Medical Math. Earning 3rd Place were sophomore Kit Neikirk in Medical Math and junior Christian Lopez in Pharmacology.

In the Health Professions testing events, senior Jerrybelle Domingo-Recto earned 2nd Place in Nursing Assisting and seniors Rhodney Hernando took 1st Place and Shayne Cabudol placed 2nd.

In the Health Professions hands-on events, junior Jaclyn Tennett placed 1st for Clinical Specialty for her career portfolio of an Emergency Medicine Physician, a video demonstration of a wound closure via suture and video of her chosen career and skill specialty.

Freshman Jennifer Nakano took 1st in the Leadership event of Researched Persuasive Writing & Speaking for her speech and research paper on “Technology Use: Does It Make Us More or Less Connected?” with senior Travis Taylor placing 3rd for his research paper and speech on the same topic.

In addition, Taylor was re-elected to serve a second term on the Hawai‘i HOSA State Executive Council as Postsecondary Vice President.

The virtual conference had over 870 participants from all over the State of Hawai‘i ranging from middle school, high school, and college students.

Dr. Jarred Prudencio of the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy and Lark Morin-Canico of the UH Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine served as UH Hilo advisors.

The UH Hilo HOSA team next competes in the 2021 HOSA International Leadership Conference June 23-26, 2021.

HOSA – Future Health Professionals is an international organization with more than 250,000 members and 2.5 million alumni. HOSA was established in Hawai‘i in 2005 and has grown to more than 1,700 members.