“Jantel had to put together an eight-page portfolio and had to have letters from the community, as well as her academic achievements,” Bristow said. “She will have to speak with a panel of six at the state competition.”
Those running for election also will have five minutes to speak during the conference in front of 500 or more students participating. Every chapter across the state will get to choose a voting delegate that would best represent them at the national level.
Beyond the Conference
Besides competing at the HOSA conference, health science students at PHS have the opportunity to learn about several healthcare careers such as dental assistant and pharmacy technician.
“One of my students wants to be a pharmacy technician while she goes to school to become a pharmacist,” Bristow said. “Some of the healthcare classes we offer enable the kids to leave high school with good paying jobs, or jobs that can lead to another career in health care.”
Eventually, Bristow would like to see the addition of a licensed vocational nursing program to be offered at the school.
“Imagine that these students could graduate with their high school diploma and LVN license and be able to start make more than $20 an hour as a nurse,” Bristow said.
Bristow also works with students on workplace, computer and phone etiquette and work ethics.
“These are skills the kids need to get jobs, no matter what field they go into,” Bristow said.
Seven of her students will take the dental assistant exam this spring.
“I really appreciate (local dentist) Dr. (Tom) Witte for taking the time to work with our students. I have two students who get to go to his office to watch procedures. That's how industry partners can mentor these kids,” Witte said. “He really is encouraging to them that they can be not only dental assistants, but they can even become a dentist if they have the desire for it. It has a huge difference in the lives of these students.”