Rebecca Sebastian ‘20: This past weekend, students from all over the area competed in the Health Occupations Students of America competition, more commonly known as HOSA. This leadership organization focuses on preparing students for their future in the medical field. HOSA offers roughly 60 different events for students to compete in at the regional, state, and national levels. 

Freshman Natalie Bennett competed in the Community Awareness event along with her team of her sister, Brooke Bennett, ‘20, and friend, Gabrielle Minor, ‘21. They prepared a speech about stroke awareness by coordinating and attending events at Romeo Community Schools and Roseville Fire Department. After many hours of hard work, the girls placed second in their event. Really making this year special, Natalie cements herself as the first Romeo freshman ever to go to HOSA states. 

With no opportunity to take medical classes at the Ninth Grade Academy, Natalie heard about HOSA through Brooke, who competed all four years of her high school career.

“I really look up to her and I was excited to be doing something that she enjoys so much. I am also interested in finding work in the medical field when I get older so I thought this would be a perfect place to be introduced to medical related things,” Natalie said. 

The team realized that all of their hard work paid off as they found out they placed second in the Community Awareness event. Placing second means the team moves on to states, where they continue the same project about stroke awareness and give another speech.  

“I didn’t believe it at first. Then Mrs. Pile told me and I was and I was filled with excitement!” Natalie said. “I was super excited to be with my teammates, Brooke and Gabby, and to share that amazing moment of placing second.”

Filled with overwhelming excitement, Natalie plans to compete in HOSA all four years of high school. After high school, she wants to pursue a job in the medical field. 

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