The Enterprise Career and Technology Center HOSA chapter made history with its first ever state HOSA officer election and also had 25 students place in the top six at the Alabama HOSA State Leadership Conference in February.

“I’m ecstatic, I couldn’t be prouder of the students,” said Enterprise HOSA Advisor Cindy Quisenberry.

Emmali Osterhoudt was elected the Alabama HOSA Vice President of Chapter Relations.

“This is my seventh year at the high school and I’ve been trying to get a student to run for state office,” Quisenberry said. “She (Osterhoudt) did a great job preparing her speech. I asked Mrs. Deb Shelton, a retired teacher, come in on a Sunday afternoon and we moved everything in my classroom and had her (Ousterhoudt) pretend it was the stage so she would be prepared for giving her speech. It takes the community to help the kids prepare for their competitions and running for a state office.”

Out of the 25 top six winners, 18 were top three and five students received first place awards.

Jazz Vega won first place in the first year an Enterprise HOSA student has ever entered the transcultural health care category.

“Being the first student from Enterprise High School to compete in the Transcultural Healthcare category was nerve-wrecking because although I had guidance from my teachers, I knew no past competitors who could prepare me for the test that I was about to encounter,” Vega said. “I did what I could and read the books I was given from cover to cover, and yet while taking the knowledge-test I felt very unsure and pessimistic about what the results would be. It was the hardest test I’d ever taken. When my name got called for first place I was both in shock and denial, but was very happy that my efforts lead me to such a great outcome. Can’t wait to compete at ILC (International Leadership Conference).”

Another first for the chapter was its CERT team, which won third in its first-ever competition. One of the team members, Grace Long, said the experience was a lot of fun but also stressful.

“Competing in CERT for the first time was definitely nerve-racking, but so much fun,” Long said. “Sophia (Thompson) and I worked so hard to learn everything we needed to and to perform to the best of our abilities. We were not expecting to get in the top six this year since it was the first time either of us has competed in CERT, much less top three. Hearing our names called out on stage for ‘Third Place’ made all of our hard work for the past several months preparing so worth it. We are definitely looking forward to competing in Orlando and will be competing again in CERT next year, too.”

Quisenberry thanked Coffee County CERT Coordinator Scotty Johnson for all his help preparing the students for the competition.

The 18 top three awards are as follows:

First Place:

  • CPR/First Aid, Mitchell Cook and Ali Sanders;
  • HOSA Bowl, Austin Reynolds, Ashley Chapman, and Gabe Fontanella;
  • Medical Spelling, Amy Johnson;
  • Medical Terminology, Riley Ahl;
  • Transcultural Health Care, Jazz Vega;

Second Place:

  • CPR/First Aid, Katelyn Hurley and Viktoria Barber;
  • HOSA Happenings, Emmali Osterhoudt 

Third place:

  • CERT Skills, Grace Long and Sophia Thompson
  • HOSA Bowl, Minsoo Ko, Jeff Bell and Kiana Chio
  • CPR/First Aid, Anne Light and Haily Warren; and,
  • Nursing Assistant, Keely Catrett.

Twelve students, Viktoria Barber, Jeff Bell, Ashley Chapman, Keely Catrett, Gabe Fontanella, Amy Johnson, Minsoo Ko, Tess McNeal, Nathan Ramsey, Ali Sanders, Sophia Thompson and Jazz Vega, also placed in the health care issues exam.

All of these students are eligible to compete in the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., in June against other chapters from around the world.

Quisenberry said she looks forward to the opportunities that the ILC will provide the HOSA students.

“They will be attending symposiums at the conference and will learn about leadership and will have the opportunity to network with kids from all over the world,” Quisenberry said. “Some kids have never been outside of Enterprise and the ILC increases their educational knowledge about healthcare opportunities as well as the world outside of Enterprise.”

She said she is confident the students will be ready and prepared for ILC.

“There’s nothing like when you’re in an arena with 10,000 other people and you’re in closing ceremonies and you hear ‘From Alabama, HOSA Bowl’ or ‘CPR and first aid’ or whatever called up on stage from our state,” Quisenberry said. “It makes Enterprise look good and it also makes the state look good.”

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