WCCT students to compete at international conference

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 5/1/19

Walker County Center of Technology's HOSA- Future Health Professionals students will be competing at an international competition this summer.WCCT students Shannan Snow, Alivia Bridgmon, Kjerstin …

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WCCT students to compete at international conference

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Walker County Center of Technology's HOSA- Future Health Professionals students will be competing at an international competition this summer.

WCCT students Shannan Snow, Alivia Bridgmon, Kjerstin Hubbert and Amara Killen will all compete at the HOSA 42nd Annual International Leadership Conference in Orlando in June.

HOSA is a national career and technical student organization for those pursuing health science.

Wendy Davenport, a health science teacher at WCCT, said Snow, Bridgmon, Hubbert and Killen all qualified to go to the international level of competition by placing well in a state qualifying round and then being top performers at the State HOSA Leadership Conference. 

Snow competed in the health care issues event at state, where she had to be knowledgeable of current health news and take a test. She placed in the top 25, which qualified her for the international competition.

Bridgmon and Hubbert competed in the EMT division and placed second at state, and Killen competed in dental science, placing just shy of the top three. 

"I am super proud of them. These kids have to put in their own study time. We don't take time in class to allow them time to study," Davenport said. "The fact that they have placed and are moving on to the next level just shows their preparation to be able to do that. If they didn't care, they wouldn't put in the time. It just shows that it means something to them as well."

Snow, Bridgmon, Hubbert and Killen addressed the Walker County Board of Education on April 11 to ask for $300 each to help fund their trip to internationals.

Bridgmon, who attends Oakman High School, explained they had raised money through fundraising and had two additional fundraisers upcoming to cover their travel expenses. At the time, they were each $403 short of what they needed to make the leadership conference trip.

Snow and Hubbert, of Cordova High School and Carbon Hill High School respectively, told school board members and Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood that they were excited to have the opportunity to compete at internationals, where students from all over the world will gather to showcase their skills.

Killen, who attends Carbon Hill High, explained how being part of HOSA at WCCT helped her prepare for the future and discover a newfound confidence. 

"Without HOSA, I would not be able to stand in front of you and speak. HOSA has challenged me to use my voice," she said.

Killen also qualified and traveled to last year's international competition in Dallas.  

After hearing the young women's speeches, Hagood made a statement that resulted in an audible gasp for the audience. 

"I would like to recommend to the board that we just pay the $403 for all four of them," Hagood said.

The motion was unanimously approved to much applause.  

"We look forward to representing WCCT, each of our home schools and our county at internationals this summer," Bridgmon said.