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15 PSHS students qualify for HOSA nationals

Nearly 400 secondary and post-secondary students interested in health care careers attended the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference from March 3-5 at the Embassy Suites Loveland.

Students attended general sessions, Educational Symposiums and competed in over 40 different competitive events.

At the local level, our HOSA chapter includes 32 members, with 21 qualifying and competing at the state conference in 19 separate events — both team and individual events.

Pagosa Pirates swept three events — Pharmacology, Medical Assisting and Veterinary Assisting — medaling in first, second and third place.

In addition, local students dominated the Forensic Medicine event with first and second place. The Pirates competed head-to-head with career development centers on the Front Range specializing in these subjects.

The PSHS students work with dedicated mentors in the community, as well as complete independent study.

In all, 15 highly motivated Pagosa Springs High School students qualified for the National HOSA Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, Calif., from June 22-25.

“These students are truly the face of future health care professionals. They competed in activities that showcased not only their health care knowledge, but their leadership skills,” said Jen Staley, Colorado HOSA state advisor. “Congratulations to the students and their teachers for their hard work and preparation.”

For more information on Colorado HOSA, visit

For more information on HOSA at Pagosa Springs High School, call advisor Cindy Nobles at 264-2231, Ext. 227.

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