Student-made PSA wins awards

FLINT TWP. — A public service announcement about the dangers and benefits of sunshine and an essay about childhood obesity earned gold medals for four Carman-Ainsworth students who competed at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) regional conference last month at the Bay-Arenac Technical Center in Bay City.

Additionally, students won two silver, three bronze and three finalist ribbons at the meet, said Kim Confer, the HOSA Advisor and a health sciences educator at Carman-Ainsworth. The conference brought together 450 students from throughout mid-Michigan.

Fourteen of 17 C-A students attending the event brought home prizes and 11 of those have earned the chance to compete at the state finals in April in Traverse City, Confer said.

HOSA is a national student organizations for students enrolled in medicine and health care classes. It emphasizes community service, professional development and leadership in the health care industry.

“Prescription for Sunshine,’’ in the public service announcement category, struck gold for students Kelsey Christensen, Erick Skaff and Mujtaba Syed. Angela Swain also won gold for her essay on childhood obesity.

Silver medal winners were Yeonjung Park, Duha Bakleh and Mishaal Khan in the medical problem-solving category and Haley Compton for a health care poster on the dangers of childhood obesity.

Bronze medalists were Rachel Ellis in the medical assisting category, Galal Galal for the knowledge test on Concepts in Health Care; and Kristin Miller for medical spelling.

Additionally, C.J. Freeman and Brad Nickels earned finalist ribbons for their skills in Physical Therapy and Shereen Baig won a finalist ribbon for her prepared speech about the impact of HOSA on young people’s lives.

“They did an awesome job representing Carman-Ainsworth,” Confer said.

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