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March 12, 2014

Palestine High School students place in health occupation competition

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PALESTINE —

PHS students Sarah Singletary and Kari Missildine placed fifth in Health Education competition.

Before the competition, they had to choose a health education topic that would be good for Anderson County. They chose a unit on preventing the H1N1 flu and the importance of hand washing — working with the medical reserve corp students as well.

The Health Education competitors also made a display of books for children to read, showed a video on hand washing and taught children a song as part of their Health Education portfolio.

PHS students Kalin Roman, Olivia Cone and Valerie Rangel placed fifth in the Creative Problem Solving competition.

“These are for students who are interested in corporate careers in healthcare. They have to solve a real-world problem such as if there was an earthquake in Indonesia, do you have a response team? If you don't, how do you create a special response team?” Bristow said.

The students are then given 35 minutes to brainstorm together, then another 25 minutes to put a presentation together. The students then must give the presentation in front of seven judges on how a corporation would solve the problem they were asked to solve. Prior to the event, they had to take an online test that allows them to compete at the state level.

PHS students Jantel Lewis and Estella Zepeda placed sixth in the Forensic Medicine competition.

“They are given a crime scene. They receive the bag of evidence and the officer's report. They go in and try to determine the cause of death or whatever conclusions they can arrive at and the possible suspects,” Bristow said.

Lewis, a sophomore, also is in the running to be a national officer for HOSA. She will be vying for a spot at the HOSA State Conference March 27-29 in San Antonio. If selected, she would get to spend a week in Washington, D.C. this summer learning about the World Health Organization and the Surgeon General through the HOSA program.

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