An impressive first year

West Mesquite junior advances to national HOSA competition


Published on Monday, 22 April 2013 17:41


1ahosa4-22West Mesquite HOSA champter members Tori Garrett and Aamanda Garay with faculty sponsor Luise Braubach and Leigh Farley, MISD career and techncial education coordinator, at the Area 3 regional competition this month in Galveston. (MISD Photo)West Mesquite’s Amanda Garay earned a trip to Nashville this summer after placing second at the state Health Occupations Students of America competition held in Galveston this month. Garay, a junior at West Mesquite, was second in life support skills demonstrating the Heimlich maneuver and CPR.

The 2012-2013 school year was West Mesquite’s first participating in HOSA, which is a national leadership organization that gives students the opportunity to compete at the regional, state and national levels. Chapter members attend monthly meetings and participated in leadership training in McKinney last fall.

Garay and other West Mesquite HOSA members got their first taste of competition at the Area 3 regional contest held in DeSoto in March. Garay took first at the regional competition to advance to the state level. She was joined in Galveston by Amanda Nwachukwu, who placed first in pharmacology.

Latayveya Carpenter was fifth in nutrition at the regional competition and DeQuawn Johnson, Lily Guevara, Evelyn Juarez and Tori Garrett took fourth in creative problem solving. Louise Braubach, a first-year Health Science teacher at West Mesquite High School, is the faculty sponsor for the chapter.