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Long health students head to nationals

POSTED: April 5, 2007 5:15 a.m.
Long County High School will have four students participate in the Healthcare Occupational Students of America national competition in Florida in June.
More than 1,400 students competed in the state competition March 1-3 in Athens. Long County had 28 students participate at state, and three of them placed in the top three of their individual events, qualifying to represent the Blue Tide at the national competition.
Lewis Richardson competed in prepared speaking, and his subject was “Healing with Our Hands and Helping With Our Hearts.” He won third place.
Tesa Strickland also competed in the same event and had the same subject, and she won second place.
Sarah Mourad competed in extemporaneous writing on the subject of “Community Healthcare” and she placed second.
Sydney Gosseck will also go to Orlando, representing the Georgia Region 4 HOSA as vice president. She was elected to the position in Athens to represent high schools in the region.
Betty Manning, an RN and student advisor for the high school, chaperoned the students and said, “I’m proud of all the kids who competed. They all worked hard and learned a lot. These competitions give the students more confidence, help them stay updated in their area of interest, and they get to interact with other students from all over the state.”
Christopher Taylor, who competed in medical terminology, and wants to go into physical therapy or sports training said, “I had a lot of fun, and it gave all of us an idea of how much it costs to go into the occupational health field.”
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