DARLINGTON, S.C. – Two students from the Darlington County Institute of Technology (DCIT) placed in competitions at the S.C. Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Conference, which was held recently in North Charleston.
Logan Lehr of Hartsville placed third in the Extemporaneous Health Poster contest, and Terah Lane of Darlington placed fourth in the Medical Spelling contest. Lane was also named an Outstanding HOSA Member.
The two are students in DCIT’s Health Science Technology curriculum and worked hard throughout the school year in preparation for the conference. Connie Altman, Kellie Flowers and Nancy Huntley teach DCIT’s Health Science Technology classes.
Students prepare for the conference during and after school by attending practice sessions, reading additional textbooks, forming study groups, and receiving guidance from professional community resources. HOSA gives students an opportunity to not only compete but also to network with other students who are interested in health care as a career, attend workshops regarding health care professions, travel to conferences in a variety of locations, set goals and timelines, sharpen leadership skills, and focus on specific areas of health that may not be covered in classes.
Areas of competition at the annual HOSA state conference included Forensic Medicine, Veterinary Assisting, Home Health Aide, Medical Photography, Dental Assisting, Clinical Nursing, CPR/First Aid, Sports Medicine, Public Service Announcement, Physical Therapy, Pharmacology and Emergency Medicine.
In addition to the state conference, HOSA members at DCIT have also attended a leadership conference at Newberry College and participated in numerous community service projects including several blood drives, a food drive and special needs Christmas parties. Currently, Health Science Clinical Studies students are completing several weeks of clinical rotations at various medical facilities to help them better determine their area of interest. Those students will take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam in May.