By Mike Taylor
Walnut – Mt. San Antonio College health career students recently won 10 medals––seven gold and three silver––at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) national competition held at Anaheim Hilton. More than 6,6400 secondary and post-secondary students competed in 56 different health-related events at the national leadership event held June 22-26 in Nashville, TN.
Remington Cole (Pomona), Rebecca Cruz (Rancho Cucamonga), Sue Mass (Chino Hills), and Felicia Ngo (Alhambra) all won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition.
Maria Jauregui (Covina), Kirk Loualhati (Covina), and Jose Montiel-Flores won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition.
Yessenia Campos (El Monte), Keili Hiniker (Walnut), and La Tonya McDaniel (Perris) all won silver medals in creative problem solving.
“We had 10 competitors this year, and all 10 were either gold or silver medalists. That is quite an achievement,” said Mt. SAC psychiatric technician professor and HOSA advisor Mary Ellen Reyes. “Being involved in and competing in HOSA is a life-changing experience for students.”
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.