UCS students earn first place finish, top honors at medical careers competition
UCS students earn first place finish, top honors at medical careers competition
Posted on 06/30/2017
Students in formal dress with awards

Utica Community Schools students earned top awards at a recent international medical careers competition, including a first place finish and a school "threepeat" performance.

Students from Stevenson High School, Henry Ford II High School and the Utica Academy for International Studies earned top honors at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) International Conference held in late June in Orlando, Florida. 

UAIS 2107 graduate Anthony Neubacher was awarded a $1,000 scholarship after placing first in Medical Terminology, a competition that tests knowledge and application of terms common to health care professionals and specialists.   

At Stevenson High School, 2017 graduate Alyssa Polizzi placed third in a Veterinary Science tournament for the school’s third, unprecedented consecutive appearance on the stage of international competition.  She had previously earned a $1,000 scholarship from the organization.

HOSA-Future Health Professionals is an international student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry.

“The practical experiences our students receive in HOSA places them on a path for career success in the health industry,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “UCS graduates continue to be among the nation’s leaders in the health industry as researchers and service providers.”

HOSA has more than 3,200 secondary and post-secondary chapters, 76 of which are in Michigan.

Other top ten finishes by UCS students at the June 20 through 23 leadership conference include:

A Henry Ford II High School team earned a sixth place finish in the Health Education competition. The team was comprised of Aimee Nambiathusseril, Carley Kilgore and Merin Babu.

2017 Stevenson High School graduate Alyssa Baginski  placed tenth in the Nursing Assisting event, the school’s first Nursing Assisting competitor to reach the stage at the international competition.  

Utica Academy for International Studies senior Rachel Stieber placed in the top ten in the Medical Reading event at the competition.