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UWF HOSA team excels at 2014 regional competition

The UWF Health Occupational Students of America team recently took home the Regional Outstanding HOSA Chapter Award at the 2014 Regional Conference.

Individual competitors on the UWF HOSA team also received the following awards:

  • Camille Wood, first place in Biotechnology
  • Jaleese Cope, first place in Physical Therapy
  • Cindy Beecher, first place in Pharmacology
  • Pristine Kirkconnell, first place in Nutrition
  • Buu-Tran Duong, first place in Extemporaneous Writing
  • Dhivyaa Manickam, first place in Medical Reading
  • Keanna Nimpchaimanatham, first place in Human Growth and Development
  • Victoria Watson, first place in Medical Terminology
  • Stephanie Hayley, first place in Healthy Lifestyle
  • Ashley Glowers, second place in Job Seeking Skills
  • Darcy DeMarra, second place in Human Growth and Development
  • Carym Casas, second place in Biotechnology
  • Thomas Castellini, second in place Medical Reading
  • Hieu Chau, second place in Extemporaneous Writing

Additionally, Pristine Kirkconnell was the recipient of the Barbara James Service Award. This award seeks to recognize individual HOSA members whose commitment to community service is worthy of recognition.

Fourteen students from the UWF HOSA team have qualified to participate in the state competition, which will take place in March in Orlando, Fla.

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