Carson High School CTE students sweep competition
More than 80 Carson High School Career and Technical Education health science students and members of CHS HOSA Future Health Professionals swept the Nevada HOSA State Leadership Conference held at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, competing in more 30 events in March.
Kelly Gustafson, CHS CTE health sciences teacher, said the students exhibited professionalism, respect, knowledge, and wisdom beyond their years throughout the school year, as well as in competition.
“I am so proud of our students and all of their hard work and dedication to HOSA,” she said. “It shines through in all of their work and in the awards they captured at the state conference.”
CHS HOSA was named State Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row. Chapter of the Year is awarded to one chapter based on size of chapter; participation by members, officers, and advisors; volunteering, participation and attendance at the state conference; professionalism; state officer candidates and overall impact on Nevada HOSA.
The chapter received the National Service Award for their work with the Northern Nevada office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Chapter members helped with sending out membership renewal emails to its members and making membership phone calls.
CHS also claimed the Gold Membership Award. To earn this level, the chapter must have at least 95 percent of their total health science pathway students enrolled and in good standing as HOSA members. Carson High HOSA was the only school in the state to achieve this award with 125 percent chapter membership with more HOSA members than students enrolled in health science classes.
Gustafson was named state HOSA advisor of the year.
“I was very surprised to receive this award and am honored to be their adviser, teacher and mentor,” Gustafson said. “This group never ceases to amaze me with all that they have accomplished this year. They are truly remarkable.”
Frank Sakelarios, CHS CTE health sciences teacher, was named honorary life member for his years of work with Nevada HOSA.
“I am very humbled by this award,” Sakelarios said. “It is because of all the hard work and dedication of our wonderful administration, and students that I received this award. I am so proud of our students and all of their hard work and dedication to HOSA. I am honored to be their advisor, teacher and mentor.”
CHS CTE HOSA state competition results
Outstanding HOSA Advisor of the Year: Kelly Gustafson
Honorary Life Member: Frank Sakelarios
Chapter of the Year
Largest Chapter in Nevada — 325 members, an increase over last year’s 303 members
Gold medal: Membership for 125 percent health science student membership
National Service Project Award
Linda Lopez Scholarship
State Officer for Western Region Vice President
Barbara James Service Awards:
Victoria Defilippi: 180 hours
Aneet Mand: 156 hours
Rachel Tran: 110 hours
Kalysta Branco: 107 hours
Menen Ashagrie: 107 hours
Crystal Vargas: 87 hours
Healthcare Issues Exam qualifiers:
1st overall: Menen Ashagrie
3rd overall: Rachel Tran
Health Profession Events
4th place: Sydney Fields
2nd place: Aneet Mand
1st place: Jiavanna Wong-Fortunato
3rd place: Mohammad Abdelhade
3rd place: Taylor Dawley
2nd place: Kalysta Branco
5th place: Haley Woodward
2nd place: Camryn Aten
3rd place: Haley Garver
4th place: Saul Yanez
1st place: Jessica Camelon and Victoria Defilippi
5th place: Italo DaSilva and Maya Vasquez
2nd place: Ethan Byassee, Jakob Carlson, Juan Juarez and Evan Vizzusi
3rd place: Hannah Hope Hodorowicz
1st place: Valeria Martinez
3rd place: Emily Gentile
4th place: Moises Angulo
Job Seeking Skills
1st place: Crystal Vargas