Tech health students win 14 awards at state competition


Eight Sussex Technical High School students are headed to the national HOSA—Future Health Professionals championships after victories at the state competition recently. A total of 20 Tech students took home 14 awards as teams or individuals, including a sweep of the dental terminology category.

Sussex Tech’s team members represented the school’s health professions, dental services and physical therapy—athletic health care technical areas. First-place winners are eligible for the national competition in June in Orlando, Fla. The winners included:

• CPR/First Aid: Second place for the team of Karli Sunnergren, a senior from Georgetown, and Onaedo Okoye, a senior from Millsboro.

• HOSA Bowl: First place for the team of Nayelis Gonzalez Sanchez, a junior from Seaford, Sheila Velasquez-Diaz, a sophomore from Georgetown, Amber Blann, a senior from Ellendale, and Lillian Kwiecien, a sophomore from Frankford; and second place for the team of Gavin Walter, a senior from Seaford, Shane Coulbourne, a senior from Milton, and Jilver Angel-Velasquez, a senior from Bridgeville.

• Job-Seeking Skills: First place for Jonathan Lee, a senior from Milford.

• Nutrition: First place for Uriel Sanchez, a junior from Rehoboth Beach, and third place for Jessica John, a junior from Seaford.

• Physical Therapy: First place for Olivia Morton, a senior from Rehoboth Beach, and third place for Taylor Wroten, a senior from Greenwood.

• Dental Science: Second place for Bri Smith, a junior from Seaford, and third place for Jaz Reinhold, a junior from Laurel.

• Medical Terminology: Third place for Alyssa Bradley, a junior from Millsboro.

• Dental Terminology: First place for Alexis Porohnavi, a senior from Georgetown; second place for Gabrielle Guy, a senior from Laurel; and third place for Rebekah Hitchcock, a senior from Georgetown.

HOSA—Future Health Professionals is a career-technical student organization that prepares students for careers in the health sector.