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.