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Taylor, Green county students compete at state conference

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Green County Area Technology students competed at Health Occupation Students of America state leadership conference March 6-9 in Louisville. Students from Taylor County participated.

HOSA is a national student-lead organization that gives students the opportunity to learn about health related careers and leadership skills. More than 1,000 students competed at the conference and are all seeking education in health care and a future in the medical field.

There are more than 55 competitive events in which students can prepare and compete.

Nine students competed from the Green County HOSA chapter, which includes students from Taylor and Green counties.

Jalyn Hudgins and Rachel Stumph competed in health career display in which they researched a health care career, completed a display and gave a speech on the education requirements in order to receive a job in this area along with the salary and job outlook.

Mary Eastham competed in veterinary science, which requires students to take a written test. Those who advance complete a skills portion in veterinary tech tasks.

Taylor Russell competed in medical assistant, which also requires a round one test with those advancing competing in a skills portion.

Heather Scott competed in medical reading, which required that she read five specified medical books and then take a written test over these readings.

Jill Hale competed in prepared speaking.

Natasha Pickett competed in nursing assistant, which requires a round one written exam and then, for those advancing, a skills competition.

Cody Puryear competed in a medical math exam.

Zack Kidd competed in home health aide, which requires a round one written test. Those advancing to round two compete in a skills portion of the competition.

Russell placed either fourth and fifth in medical assistant. Eastham placed second in veterinary science. Hale placed fourth or fifth in prepared speaking. Pickett placed third in nursing assistant and Kidd placed fourth or fifth in home health aide.

Students placing first, second or third automatically advance to national competition. Fourth- and fifth-place competitors potentially will have the opportunity to advance to the National HOSA leadership conference in June at Opryland Hotel.