Travis Janish earns top EMT award 04.21.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

travis_janish.jpgTravis Janish heard the third place winner named, then the second place winner.

“I thought this isn’t going well,” he said later.

He’d studied so hard for the competition—the state contest for emergency medical technician skills through the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)—and now it looked as though his hopes for a medal were ending.

Janish, working with LISD TECH Center teammate Kasee Johnson of Madison, placed second in the regional competition in March and he hoped he could at least match that.

Then came the announcement: he and Johnson were the winners. They finished with the top score in Michigan and would advance to the national competition in June in Orlando.

The state competition near Traverse City started Thursday with a 50-question test covering various treatments, medical terms and acronyms.

A minimum score of 70 percent was needed to advance to the skills session Friday.

Janish and Johnson were assigned the last time slot among the 17 teams competing. The test went well and they lost only two points among the 64 possible.

Each team was faced with the same scenario: a female patient slumped against a wall. Teams were given 12 minutes to first make a general impression of the situation; move on to a rapid trauma assessment (palpate the spine, look for bleeding, etc.); place the patient on a KED board extrication device; conduct a PMS assessment (pulse, motor,  sensory); and make a detailed assessment (eyes, ears, nose, etc.).

While Janish made the detailed assessment, Johnson gave the judges a verbal wrap-up of what the team accomplished.

The scores on the 50-item test were combined for the two team members and divided by two. This was added to the skills score for a final figure.

Janish intends to take his EMT skills into the Navy after high school where he will serve as a corpsman—an enlisted medical specialist. He would like to make a career with the Navy and eventually earn a doctorate through Navy’s schools.

The Morenci Area High School senior is the son of Lester and Joanna Janish.

HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of health care.

  • Front.pokemon
    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
  • Front.drum
    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
  • Front.softball
    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
  • Front.art.park
    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.soccer.balls
    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
  • Front.art.park
  • Front.drum
  • Shadow.salon

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016