Technical Center students win first, second in state competition

Tue Mar 28, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Shown from left are: 2nd Place Team, Samantha Sexton, Berryville, Elizabeth Brummett, Green Forest and Jacob Williams, Instructor.  1st Place Team, Elijah Emerson, Harrison and Dustin Holman of Berryville.

It’s quite an achievement to win first place in the state, but to win first and second place is over the top!

Northark Technical Center (NTC) HOSA-Future Health Professional high school students did just that when they earned two coveted competitive spots in Arkansas during competition held in Hot Springs in March.

Both teams won big. One team placed first, while the other NTC team secured second place.

HOSA is the largest student organization that prepares students to enter healthcare fields.

In order to compete, students must maintain an 85% or higher in the EMT class. Eligible students compete against their classmates for the opportunity to participate in state HOSA competition. They do extra assignments and practice on their own outside of class. 

The state competition consists of two phases. Phase one is a 50 question timed exam which has to be completed in one hour.  he eight teams who score highest on the exam move on to the second phase of the competition.  The second phase is a demonstration of patient assessment/psychomotor skills. Competitors have 10 minutes to perform a minimum of three skills on a single patient or multiple patients.

Taking the regional title, the sky’s the limit for the students who are preparing for the International HOSA competition in Orlando, Florida in June. Only the top three teams qualify to compete in nationals.

In addition to this award, these students and their classmates will graduate in May with a Northark Certificate of Proficiency in the Emergency Medical Technician program, and will be qualified to take the state EMT exam.

The Northark Technical Center provides area high school juniors and seniors with the unique opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. This college education is free to the student. NTC serves Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Marion, Newton and Searcy Counties. For more information about NTC, contact Scott Howie, NTC director at (870) 391-3513.

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