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JVS students shine at competition

SHOWING OFF THEIR SKILLS — SkillsUSA and Health Occupations Students of America members at Jefferson County Joint Vocational Center placed in the top 10 during national competitions. At the left, SkillsUSA members participating in the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., included, from left, Allyson Burkett, Ohio SkillsUSA state officer; Michael Banovsky, voting delegate; Kaleb Briganti, 10th place for health and safety notebook; Zowie Betancourt, voting delegate: Haley Moore, 10th place for health and safety notebook; Zanea Vanhorn, fourth-place finisher for health occupations portfolio; and Ryan Maple, 10th place for health and safety notebook.

BLOOMINGDALE — Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students shined after earning spots at national competitions in June.

Four students placed in the top 10 at the 50th-annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on June 22-26. Two additional students took fourth place at the Health Occupations Students of America 42nd-annual International Leadership Conference on June 19-22 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

More than 18,000 people, including career and technical education students, teachers and business partners, attended the SkillsUSA event. Health technologies student Zanea VanHorn earned fourth place in the health occupations portfolio category out of approximately 30 competitors.

Adviser Tammy Sismondo, a health tech instructor at the vocational school, said VanHorn was required to develop a book depicting her certifications, accomplishments, clinical experience and employment readiness achieved during her two years at the school.

A team of health tech students including Kaleb Briganti, Haley Moore and Ryan Maple gained 10th place for the health safety notebook portion after competing with a field of 24 others.

The trio had to construct a book of evidence that demonstrated health and safety knowledge and practices, clinical experience and on-the-job practical experience learned during their time at JCJVS.

Sismondo said the team participated in the infection control study and staff evaluation at Trinity Health System, after which they parlayed their experience into a book and answered questions from a panel of judges about what they learned.

Health tech student Zowie Batencourt and small animal science student Michael Banovsky were selected to represent Ohio SkillsUSA as national voting delegates. Health tech student Allyson Burkett served as a state officer.

The HOSA event drew approximately 10,000 students from across 47 states, Puerto Rico and China. Health tech students Azrielle Pratko and Sam Shrock took fourth place in the first aid/CPR category out of 60 teams.

“HOSA has grown during the past few years and the competition is extremely daunting,” Sismondo said. “Students are given multiple scenarios that involved serial victims that were to triage and treat. The competition involved a written test and two rounds of hands-on competition to narrow the playing field to the top 10.”

Sismondo was pleased with the students’ accomplishments saying they have attended that nationals in the past and worked hard to earn a chance to compete.

“I am extremely proud of these students, they are very focused and dedicated. The success that they achieved requires an exceptional amount of work in the classroom as well as hours after school and at home,” she said. “They competed against the best of the best from across the nation. Students competing in HOSA also competed against the best from across the nation plus students from Puerto Rico and China. Both SkillsUSA and HOSA prove to be amazing learning experiences for the students.”

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