By Mike Taylor
Walnut – Mt. San Antonio College health career students won a total of 15 medals, including nine gold medals and four silver medals, at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state leadership conference held March 25 – 30 in Sacramento. More than 2,500 students competed at the state competition.
Daniel Lee (Fullerton), Holly Miller (La Habra), Noehly Partida (Pomona), and Leilani Soto (Ontario) won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Amy Barraza (Cudahy), Yessenia Campos (El Monte), Yvonne Prempeh (Fontana), and Jose Montiel-Flores (Baldwin Park) won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition. Miller also won a gold medal in the human growth and development competition.
Jessica Benavente (Hesperia), Patrick Chan (La Puente), and Nicole Villanueva (Pomona) took silver medals in creative problem solving. Lee also won a silver medal in the human growth and development competition.
Villanueva also took a bronze medal in the pathophysiology competition, and Campos took bronze in trans-cultural healthcare competition.
All 11 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition to be held June 24 – 27 at the Anaheim Hilton.
HOSA, established in 1976 by the U.S. Department of Education, is the national organization for secondary and post-secondary health career students. The organization provides students in 40 states with skills, leadership development, and career development.