University of Hawaii at Hilo students recently competed in the ninth-annual Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) statewide competition on Oahu and received several honors that qualified them for the national competition June 25-28 in Orlando, Fla.
The Public Service Announcement Team, categorized as a Teamwork Event, took first place with their 30-second PSA about “Educating the Community about Child Hunger.” The topic was to promote a health care service organization and bring awareness to a health care situation.
Team members, all freshmen, include Lark Jason Canico (team captain), Ridge Cabacang, Sheldon Cabudol and Guinevere Davenport. Each member gave an oral presentation in addition to displaying the PSA.
Kimberly Cabreros, a sophomore, took first place in Pharmacology. Categorized as a “Knowledge Test,” the test was related to a specific career or specialty area from within the health care community that measured proficiency at the recall, application and analysis levels.
Junior Mandee Miyake took third overall in Prepared Speaking, which was categorized as a Leadership Event. She wrote a paper and presented a speech about “The Future Starts Now.”
The UH-Hilo team also received an award for having the highest increase in membership in the Post Secondary Chapter for 2013-14.
“By competing in these events detailing health care provider skills, students learn invaluable lessons to last them a lifetime,” said Cecilia Mukai, UH-Hilo HOSA faculty adviser. “We are all very proud of these students’ efforts and accomplishments.”
Hawaii HOSA provides opportunities for secondary and postsecondary students to develop character and apply leadership skills within the area of the health care industry.
It is one of the five Career and Technical Student Organizations in Hawaii.
UH-Hilo HOSA is a Registered Independent Student Organization.