By Luke A. Kikukawa
From Feb. 19-20, sixteen of Molokai high school’s future health professionals traveled to Honolulu to compete in the 2014 Hawaii Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) State Competition. Students competed in various individual and group competitions that dealt with their chosen health career.
This year our Molokai group dominated the competition with seven students qualifying for Nationals in four different events. Paul and Misty Parker received third in CPR/First Aid, Xrystina Bicoy came in first for Medical Photography, our Public Service Announcement (PSA) Team — Oceana Madani, Marissa Motas, and Giesha Nunez — placed first and Luke Kikukawa earned second in Clinical Specialty.
The PSA team’s video came in second in the nation for the Con Agra/USA TODAY Child Hunger Video Contest. These Molokai HOSA students have proven without a doubt that hard work and dedication yield bountiful results. Each student sacrificed countless hours to better themselves in their chosen healthcare field.
Also, Luke Kikukawa ran for the Hawaii HOSA Executive State Board and was elected as the Executive Vice President for 2014/15. In September he will be representing Hawaii in the HOSA Washington Leadership Academy.
This year’s national qualifiers triple the amount of students ever sent to a National Leadership Conference from Molokai. The seven competitors will travel to Orlando, Fla. in June to attend the conference along with over 7,000 other students nationwide. Unfortunately, faced with pricey airfare, hotel and conference fees they will need to fundraise for the events. All donations and support for Molokai’s HOSA representatives will be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, the Molokai High School HOSA Chapter will like to thank everyone who has assisted them in preparing for their competitions. This includes Cora Corazon, Melony Parker, Kim Simon, Dino Fontez, and especially, their advisor John Van Ornum. They would also like to thank Molokai General Hospital and Molokai High School for their support.