Jessica Howell wins gold medal in HOSA competition 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci produced a champion in this year’s regional HOSA competition. That student, along with three other qualifiers, will compete at the state conference next week in Traverse City.

Morenci junior Jessica Howell was the gold medal winner at the regional Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) biotechnology competition.jessicahowell.hosa.jpg

“We almost had a sweep of biotechnology,” Howell said.

All but one of the top placers was from the Lenawee TECH Center class, she said—a program that started just two years ago.

The biggest part of the contest involved three procedures: growing a culture, using a microscope and infection control to prevent contamination.

“You have to know those inside and out,” Howell said.

Students were also tested in lab equipment and biotechnology vocabulary.

She’s hoping to land a coop experience next year with Groeb Farms of Onsted. Groeb provides honey samples for students to test in the TECH Center lab.

For now, she’s looking forward to a few days at the Grand Traverse Resort for the competition.

Morenci’s other qualifiers at the state competition are Jessica Feltz, fifth place in Dental Assisting; Levi Hoffman, third place in Medical Spelling (bronze medal); Brandi Snyder, third place with the Medical Reading team event (bronze medal) and Brittany Correa, fourth place in Researched Persuasive Speaking.

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