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Eight DSHS HOSA Students Advance to State

February 11, 2021


Dripping Springs High School advanced eight students to the Texas HOSA Leadership Conference (state competition) after placing in the top three or top 10 percent of their respective events at the Texas Area 1 Conference.


Those advancing to state are Cassie Argento-Bird (Veterinary Science), Makenna Blakesley (Medical Spelling), Trevor Burk (Health Care Issues Exam), Natalie Chavez (Prepared Speaking), Connor Johnson (Health Informatics), Tirth Patel (Health Care Issues Exam), Mia Perez (Extemporaneous Writing) and Ella Smith (Physical Therapy). Argento-Bird, Chavez and Perez won their events. In all, 20 DSHS students placed in the top five in their events.


HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.


The state competition will be held virtually with a date yet to be determined.


Area Results

Behavioral Health

Amanda Davis – 5th


Certification Skills Team Event

Julie Davis/Addison Dixon – 4th


Emergency Medical Technician Team Event

Kate Wensel/Mackenzie Sutton – 4th


Extemporaneous Writing

*Mia Perez – 1st


Health Care Issues Exam  

*Trevor Burk – Top 10%

*Tirth Patel – Top 10%


Health Career Photography

Hailey Jarvis – 4th


Health Informatics

*Connor Johnson – 3rd


Human Growth & Development

Margot Heltzel – 4th


Medical Math

Shaun Kurian – 4th


Medical Reading

Alyssa Stradling – 4th

Bailey Inglish – 5th


Medical Spelling

*Makenna Blakesley – 3rd


Physical Therapy

*Ella Smith – 3rd


Researched Persuasive Writing & Speaking

Priya Chandrani – 4th


Prepared Speaking

*Natalie Chavez – 1st

Sydney Richard – 5th


Veterinary Science

*Cassie Argento-Bird – 1st


*State Qualifier