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Great Bend High School students shine at International Leadership Conference
HOSA – Medical Innovations: Cailyn Murphy and Eliana Teri placed “Top 10” in the Medical Innovation category for designing a device to aid in the administration of epilepsy medication in an emergency. Cara Murphy was also a member of the qualifying team but unable to attend ILC due to a schedule conflict.
HOSA – 2024 ILC Team: Members of the GBHS HOSA Club (Future Healthcare Professionals) recently attended the International Leadership Conference in Houston TX after qualifying at the regional conference in March. Back row, Jackson Trudeau; second row, Jasmine Figueroa and Eliana Teri; front row, Bella Long and Cailyn Murphy.

Great Bend High School students exploring future careers in health occupations traveled to Texas at the end of June for an international conference. In a news release issued on Tuesday, Great Bend USD 428 offers congratulations to the outstanding students from GBHS who represented HOSA at the International Leadership Conference (ILC) held in Houston from June 26-29. This prestigious event brought together competitors from all HOSA charters across the globe, including the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Korea, China, Canada, and American Samoa. HOSA boasts a membership of over 200,000 dedicated students.

The ILC attendees from GBHS included Jasmine Figueroa, Eliana Teri, Cailyn Murphy, Bella Long, and Jackson Trudeau. Cara Murphy also qualified for the conference based on her exceptional performance at the Spring Leadership Conference in March but was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. School board president Jacquie Disque praised the dedication of these students at Monday’s school board meeting.

“As a health-care worker, I’m excited to see those students up and coming (in the field),” she said. Students Elianna Teri and Cailyn Murphy as a team were Top 10 finalists in “Medical Innovation.” Disque said the innovations suggested by students were solid ideas with the possibility of real-life execution in the future.

These students also demonstrated outstanding dedication and skill, achieving remarkable results at the ILC:

• Jasmine Figueroa and Jackson Trudeau - Competitors in “Community Awareness”

• Bella Long - Competitor in “National Geographic ATC-Biology”

Joseph Bliven, HOSA Advisor, expressed his pride, saying, “I’m so proud of all of them for their work and think that it is pretty cool that Great Bend got to be recognized on the global stage.”

HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, collegiate, and adult students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or those who have interests in pursuing careers in health professions.

For more information about the GBHS HOSA Chapter, contact Great Bend High School at 620-793-1521.

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