Campus Life

UWF HOSA Team to compete on national level

Eight students from the University of West Florida Health Occupations Students of America team will head to nationals after recently placing in the Top 3 at the state competition in Orlando. Collectively, the team was named Post-Secondary Outstanding HOSA Chapter at the state level, after earning the same title at the regional competition in February.

UWF students competed against teams from the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and University of South Florida, among others. In their individual categories, students participated in knowledge tests, essays, and/or skill performance competitions.

The following UWF students will advance to the national competition, which will be held June 25-28 in Orlando.

  • Keanna Nimpchaimanatham, 1st place, Human Growth and Development
  • Camille Wood, 1st place, Biotechnology
  • Jaleese Cope, 1st place, Physical Therapy
  • Stephanie Hayley, 1st place, Healthy Lifestyle
  • Hieu Chau, 1st place, Extemporaneous Writing
  • Pristine Kirkconnell, 2nd place, Nutrition
  • Buu-Tran Duong, 2nd place, Extemporaneous Writing
  • Darcy DeMarra, 2nd place, Human Growth and Development

The students’ travel was supported by funds provided by the UWF Alumni Association, the UWF Student Government Association and the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences.

HOSA is a national organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. The organization’s mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA provides leadership training, community service opportunities and academic competitions.

For additional information about HOSA, visit