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UWF HOSA Team places at national competition

Four students on the University of West Florida Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) team placed in the Top 10 of their respective categories at the 2013 HOSA National Leadership Conference held on June 26-29 in Nashville, Tenn.

The five-person team was able to compete in the national competition as a result of a Student Government Association travel grant and team fundraising. The students competed in various competitions related to problems in health that require extemporaneous presentations, essays or problem solving. Those who ranked in the Top 3 include:

  • Keanna Nimpchaimanatham, second place in Human Growth and Development
  • Camille Wood, third place in Biotechnology

Two other students captured awards and placed within the Top 10 of their events:

  • Buu-Tran Duong, recipient of the Catherine B. Junge Scholarship from the Association for Career & Technical Education; Health Science Education Division; the Barbara James Service Award; and the President’s Volunteer Service Award; ranked seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Dhivyaa Manickam, ranked seventh in Medical Reading

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

To learn more about UWF’s HOSA team, email Dr. Angela Hahn at