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Area Health Students Win State Awards at Conference

Twelve Health and Medical Sciences students from Fairfax County Public Schools won awards at the 32nd annual HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Leadership Conference held recently in Williamsburg.

Students winning first place awards include:

  • Marissa Cucinotta in Medical Photography, West Potomac High School and West Potomac Academy.

  • Michelle Feghali in Job Seeking Skills, Robinson Secondary School and Falls Church Academy.

  • Yona Lindenbaum in Physical Therapy and the Barbara James Service Award, West Potomac High School and West Potomac Academy.

  • James Merideth in Medical Math, Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing (postsecondary).

  • Lourdes Sandoval in Medical Spelling, Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing (postsecondary).

Also winning awards were:

  • Sarah Musa, second place in Prepared Speaking and fourth place in Clinical Specialty, West Springfield High School and Falls Church Academy.

  • Sofia McMullen, third place in Sports Medicine, West Potomac High School and West Potomac Academy.

  • Trisha Racho, third place in Extemporaneous Poster, West Potomac High School and West Potomac Academy.

*Allison Crowers and Lorrayne Rivera, fifth place in Career Health Display, McLean High School and Falls Church Academy.

The HOSA Bowl team, represented by West Potomac Academy, advanced to the third round of competition. Sarah Loughridge of West Potomac High School, Grace Oforiwaa of Mount Vernon High School, and Victoria Hammond of West Potomac High School made up the HOSA Bowl Team.

Winners earning first, second, or third place awards are eligible to participate in the HOSA National Leadership Conference which will be held June 20-23 in Orlando.

In addition, Patricia Goldberg of West Springfield High School and West Potomac Academy was awarded Outstanding State Leader and was elected HOSA State Parliamentarian.

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education that provides leadership development opportunities and recognition to Health and Medical Sciences students.

Students enrolled in Health and Medical Sciences courses at Falls Church Academy and West Potomac Academy participated in competitive events and leadership activities during the three-day conference. The courses represented include Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy and Practical Nursing.

Students interested in health careers are encouraged to contact their school counselors or call 571-423-4552 for more information.