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20 students from Immaculata-La Salle’s health sciences club qualify for state competition

Members of Immaculata-La Salle's chapter of Health Occupations Students of America pose with their medals and their faculty moderators. 20 of them will represent the high school at the HOSA state competition April 2-5 in Orlando.

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Members of Immaculata-La Salle's chapter of Health Occupations Students of America pose with their medals and their faculty moderators. 20 of them will represent the high school at the HOSA state competition April 2-5 in Orlando.

MIAMI | Twenty students from Immaculata-La Salle High School’s chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) will be competing at the state finals in Orlando April 2-5, based on their achievements at the regional competition. In all, 23 ILS students placed in the top five in individual categories.

HOSA is an organization for future health professionals aimed at empowering them “to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience,” according to the group’s website.

Last year, ILS students qualified for 10 events in the state competition – a total the school hoped to — and certainly did — improve on this year.

The 20 students who will be representing ILS at the state level in April, as well as those who finished in the top five, and their events, are:

  • Julia Taquechel (HOSA Co-president) – 1st Place, Clinical Nursing
  • Daniela Armellam (HOSA Co-president) – 1st Place, Public Health
  • Julia Campos – 1st Place, Public Health
  • Danae Georgiadis – 1st Place, Pharmacy Science
  • Carlos Gomez- 1st Place, Life Support Skills
  • Gabriella Caputo – 1st Place, Medical Innovation
  • Gabriella Piedra – 1st Place, Medical Innovation
  • Isabella Scalese – 1st Place, Medical Innovation
  • Ernesto Walters – 1st Place, Medical Innovation
  • Olivia Kish (HOSA Historian) - 2nd Place, Health Career Display
  • Catherine Medina – 2nd Place, Health Career Display
  • Fernanda Cisneros (HOSA Treasurer) – 2nd Place, Public Health
  • Emma Obregon – 2nd Place, Public Health
  • Sofia Del Oro – 3rd Place, Health Career Display
  • Sophie Falkouri – 3rd Place, Heath Career Display
  • Ana Marrero – 3rd Place, CPR and First Aid
  • Ana Ulivi – 3rd Place, CPR and First Aid
  • Monika Muller – 3rd Place, Medical Terminology
  • Stephanie Ruiz – 3rd Place, Researched Persuasive Writing
  • Camyle Pliopa (HOSA Secretary) – 4th Place, Pathophysiology
  • Isabela Trespalacios (HOSA Competition Director) – 4th Place, Researched Persuasive Writing
  • Ivette Acosta – 5th Place, Medical Terminology
The faculty moderators of ILS’ HOSA chapter are James Rydborn and Jose Manuel Companioni.

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