Three two-person teams of area high school students earned a 1-2-3 sweep in the EMT contest division at the 2017 Illinois HOSA State Leadership Conference in Decatur, March 1-3. The students are all enrolled in the Fire Science/EMT program at Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) in Addison as an elective part of their high school curriculum.
First place team was Ethan McReynolds and Jordan Stern, seniors from Neuqua Valley H.S. Second place went to the team of Angela Flammini and Jordan McDonnell, both seniors from Glenbard West. The third place honor went to Matthew Watson and Olivia Rydholm, Naperville Central seniors. Stern also placed among the top ten in the Safety Test.
Accompanying the team was TCD HOSA chapter sponsor Ruth Ann Henson, RN, an NATP instructor, and Greg Leston, EMT instructor.
The students had to take a written test in order to qualify to compete. Round two of the EMT division was a practical contest consisting of a medical or trauma scenario, in which each team had 10 minutes to assess, treat, and stabilize the patient; call for resources; and call the hospital with a report, while using their equipment bag.
In the Home Health Aide contest, Jonathan Maghirang of Downers Grove South placed third in the state, while Delaney Wozniak of Glenbard East placed among the top ten. Maghirang is enrolled in TCD’s Nursing Assistant Training Program (NATP) while Wozniak is an EMT student.
The students who placed among the top three in their contests are eligible to compete at International HOSA, June 21-24 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.
HOSA is an international leadership organization for students preparing for a career in health science technology. The state conference gives students a chance to test their knowledge and practical skills; develop leadership skills; and network with other students and industry professionals.