47 members of HOSA attended the two-day conference in Hot Springs. 16 students received 1st-3rd place and will represent the Conway Area Career Center at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this summer.
"This competition is the highlight of being a member of HOSA future health professionals," says Melissa Castleberry, one of the group's sponsors. "They get to compete against hundreds of other students from around the state. If the students place first they receive a two year scholarship to a participating community college."
Castleberry, who co-sponsors the group with teachers Connie Friant and Shannon Busby, says they are very proud of these outstanding students.
"They really work hard studying and staying after school to learn their skills. It is a pleasure to work with such committed students. "
The competition features over 55 events ranging from health professional events, emergency preparedness, recognition, leadership and knowledge tests. Some events have two rounds: a knowledge test followed by a skills test.
If students place in the top three, they have the opportunity to represent the school at the National Leadership Conference.