Bring our HOSA team to Nationals!
We are a newly formed HOSA chapter founded at Fairchild Wheeler Multi-Magnet in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Our club members, Luis Fajardo and Annie Tran, qualified for Nationals after competing at the state HOSA EMT competition! Our goal is to raise enough money so that they can travel, compete, and hopefully win the EMT competition at the 2018 National HOSA Leadership Conference from June 27-30 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
What is HOSA?
HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America, which is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S Department Of Education. There have been many establishments of HOSA chapters nationwide and it has over 200,000 student participants ranging from middle school to college students. The organization's purpose is to prepare students for the healthcare field. That's why all of the competitive events are healthcare based, such as the Emergency Medical Technician competition that we participated in.
What do HOSA chapters exactly do?
HOSA chapters set up events/opportunities to help educate and prepare students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field as well as help out local communities. For example, our HOSA chapter has hosted multiple American Red Cross blood drives at our school and improved our school safety by ensuring there is quick accessibility to AEDs in any situation on campus. We are also striving to offer CPR classes to our students and teachers.
What was the state HOSA competition?
The Connecticut HOSA chapters held a statewide conference in March where different competitions targeted towards healthcare related subjects were also held. Other states hold these statewide conferences for their HOSA chapters as well, but the dates may vary. Some examples of competitive events include those similar to spelling bees, written and/or practical, hands-on examinations. Most competitive events have multiple rounds, but the way students are tested in each round depend on the kind of event. Here is a list of events that were offered in March 2018's CT HOSA conference, and click here to see guidelines for each event. The top three highest scoring teams from each event are qualified to represent their state at the national competition which is held in Dallas, Texas this year.
How does the EMT competitive event work?
The first round of competition (local chapters) involves a written test assessing physiological and scientific content knowledge related to assessing a patient in a medical emergency. Only the three highest scoring teams on the written test were able to compete at the state level. At the state competition, me and my partner, Luis, were given a series of hands-on scenarios and had to demonstrate proper protocol for each scenario as well as proper use of respiratory and cardiac equipment used by real EMTs.
What is $3000 exactly going towards?
The national conference entrance fee (~$500, $135 per person), roundtrip plane tickets from CT to TX (~$1000), rental car costs (~$200), and temporary living expenses (hotel, food, gas) for four days (~$1400). All for four people: me (Annie), Luis, our club advisor Ms. Decloux, and our club advisor Ms. Bryll. These calculations do not add up to $3000, but receiving extra donations would definitely be helping and going towards our trip, for example, if any sudden price changes, unexpected costs, or emergencies arise.
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To be honest, the second round was nerve wracking. We were going to be tested on our practical skills in a emergency scenario, and Luis and I thought it was going to be seperate stations like how they did it at the state level. This means that we thought we would only be tested on one skill, like a scenario where all we needed to do was suction a patient's airway and use the bag valve mask, or a scenario where we only needed to do CPR and use an AED. It was also really intimidating because the other teams were in official American Red Cross EMT uniforms and had official looking duffel bags that had sections for all their equipment. We were actually the only ones in lab coats which were supposed to resemble body suits for body substance isolation. We were given a scenario which was a combination of a medical emergency where we also needed to use a BVM. It caught us off guard, but we thought we were able to do the gist of it.
Unfortunately, it turns out we were not able to place in the top ten teams. However, we both know we tried our hardest and got pretty far for being the first students to represent our one-year-old HOSA chapter at nationals!
To have some fun, our advisor, Korynne Decloux, suggested and took us to Medieval Times where we got to see knights in character joust while enjoying a "Medieval meal" of "dragon meat" and "dragon scales". (The course consisted of roasted chicken with garlic bread, soup, and corn).
We also went to the hotel pool and on the last day we went to the Dallas World Aquarium. During the trip we also got ourselves some proper Tex-Mex food and southern chicken and waffles, which we enjoyed very much.
If it wasn't for your help we wouldn't have been able to make it and compete at HOSA, as well as have a wonderful time in Texas! Thank you all so much.
Take a look at some of the photos we took during the trip!
Again, a sincere thank you to everyone and we will update you with pictures of us in Texas and as well as how our competition goes!!!!
Second, we have started a fundraiser in our HOSA club where we are selling a variety of first aid kits. This fundraiser is especially profitable since we get half of the sale and if 10 people from our club each sell around 6 kits, then we can earn $1,000 for our club. However, we can only sell to people who are in CT unless you are willing to pay shipping costs since the kits are directly shipped to our school and we have to distribute them ourselves. If you have a child who goes to Fairchild Wheeler you can ask them to find Ms. Decloux and order through her! If you don't know where to find her, you can ask the school's main office to see where she is at the time. If you would like to buy one and you don't have any connections from our school, you can email me and we can set something up. We figured this way people who want to support us can get something useful in return. A first aid kit is always something that is safe to have in your car or house. Check for prices of the different kinds of kits in the pictures I've attached, and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
We've also been looking for potential sponsors and so far have met up with a local pizzeria as well as a representative from an Allstate branch. If you want to sponsor us and help us in any way please contact me via email or comment!
As always, thank you all for your support!
Recently our principal and avid supporter, Michael Watson, put in our names to be recognized at our local school districts Board of Education meeting. We received Certificates of Recognition for competing in the EMT competition and qualifying for nationals where we will be able to represent our state and district on April 3rd, 2018. We were able to shake hands with our superintendents as well as the rest of the board and tell everyone at the meeting about us and our GoFundMe page. And thank you to those of you from the BOE meeting who are now supporting us. Without you, we wouldn't have the funding opportunities that some of you were able to offer us.