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Laney hosts HOSA competition

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Thirty-five schools and more than 600 students gathered at Laney High School for the Southeastern Health Occupation Students of America, or HOSA, competition. Miranda Wells, a HOSA board representative, explained, “It's a good stepping stone to future careers. If they have an interest in something then this provides a way for them to really get into that and explore some options.” It wasn't all about the competition as students polished skills they hope to one-day use in the medical field. “Practicing interviews for job interviews and that sort of thing, extemporaneous speaking stations, then there's the medical photography and medical terminology,” said Laney Assistant Principal Gene Rivenbark. HOSA students explore their interest in medical fields while learning from experienced medical professionals. The students gained valuable insight. Laney student Lacey Wildeboer said, “I've always had an interest in the medical field. I've been really interested in physical therapy. I'm an athlete, so I definitely see the importance of it.” Sonya Thigpen, Laney's HOSA teacher, said the students give as much as they get. “They promote wellness within the community and they can learn about more health career opportunities.” While the stethoscope and x-ray machine may be years away, the students that attended Saturday’s competition have the inside track to a career in medicine. Laney's HOSA bowl team will accompany other top performers to the state competition, which will take place in Greensboro this April.

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