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HOSA students from around district qualify for international competition

HOSA participants heading to international competition. (04/12/19) Students from across Anoka-Hennepin gathered March 28-30 in St. Cloud to compete at the 41st annual Minnesota HOSA State Leadership Conference.


HOSA is an academic co-curricular activity program that develops knowledge, skill, leadership development, motivation and recognition designed exclusively for secondary students enrolled in health science, according to Regan Skaare, Blaine High School’s HOSA advisor. (Photo: BHS HOSA participants at state, from BHS HOSA Twitter account.)


And at the state conference, hundreds of participants from around Minnesota took part in more than 54 HOSA competitions that test knowledge and skills in a variety of health science areas, including students from Andover, Blaine, and Coon Rapids high schools, and the district’s Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP). In all, 31 Anoka-Hennepin students earned top-five finishes at state, which qualifies them for the HOSA international competition set for June 19-22 in Orlando, Florida.


“Anoka-Hennepin represented the HOSA state conference very well,” said Skaare. “And although the (district) schools compete against each other, we are still so excited when any student from Andover, Blaine, Coon Rapids and STEP qualify to compete at (the international competition). It will be exciting to see how all of these amazing kids do.”


In addition to achieving success in the competitions, Anoka-Hennepin students also hold key leadership positions on Minnesota’s HOSA student officer team. Briana Clifton, from Coon Rapids High School (CRHS), serves as vice president; Morgan Steinkamp, from Blaine High School (BHS), is vice president of leadership; Angela Belous, from CRHS, vice president of service; and Dawson Clifton, from Andover High School (AndHS), is historian.


Those earning a trip to the international competition, and their state finish:


Andover High School (advisor Dan Cowen):

  • Dawson Clifton: Medical Reading, first place; Transcultural Health Care, third place.
  • Dillon Buchanan: Biomedical Debate, first place team; Medical Reading, third place.
  • Jillian Determan: Biomedical Debate, first place team; Medical Law and Ethics, third place.
  • Sierra Renkert: Biomedical Debate, first place team.
  • Lily Eklund: Health Career Display, first place team.
  • Ava Mares: Health Career Display, first place team.
  • Claire Beckman: Extemporaneous Writing, third place.
  • Matt Janis: Sports Medicine, second place; Physical Therapy, second place.
  • Andy Rowland: Physical Therapy, third place.
  • Reid Steinhagen: Sports Medicine, third place.

Blaine High School (advisor Regan Skaare):

  • Alexis Wagenfield: Job Seeking Skills, first place; Creative Problem Solving, first place team; Existing Medical Innovation, third place team; Human Growth and Development, fourth place; Pharmacology, fourth place.
  • Jennifer Avery: Human Growth and Development, third place.
  • Keru Omad: Pharmacology, second place; Epidemiology, fifth place.
  • Nora Smested: Physical Therapy, first place.
  • Morgan Steinkamp: Extemporaneous Writing, second place.
  • Hannah Moore: Creative Problem Solving, first place team; Existing Medical Innovation, third place team; Extemporaneous Writing, fourth place.
  • Aanchal Sahni: Creative Problem Solving, first place team; Existing Medical Innovation, third place team.
  • Maya Abdulla: Transcultural Health, fourth place.
  • Char Hemmila: Health Career Display, fifth place team; Public Service Announcement, fifth place team.
  • Itzel Reyes: Health Career Display, fifth place team; Public Service Announcement, fifth place team.
  • Elise Thoreen; Public Service Announcement, fifth place team.

Coon Rapids High School (advisor Luke Gliddon):

  • Angela Belous: Epidemiology, third place; Job-Seeking Skills, third place.
  • Briana Clifton: Human Growth and Development, first place; Pathophysiology, second place.
  • Valerie Christoferson: Veterinary Science, second place; Dental Terminology, second place.
  • Sena Geleto: Original Medical Invocation, third place team.
  • Julie Vue: Original Medical Invocation, third place team.
  • Kauthar Al-Khiqany: Original Medical Invocation, third place team.
  • Trinity May: Photography, third place.
  • Miranda Young: Original Medical Invocation, third place team.

Secondary Technical Education Program [STEP] (advisor Robin Bondus):

  • Roman Sterpu: Personal Care, first place.
  • Jackson Landstrom: Home Health Aide and Nursing Assistant, first place.

HOSA is the largest international organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in health professions. The organization serves over 200,000 members nationally.