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Shaylee Renner Receives Youth Leadership Award

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Utah CTE congratulates Shaylee Renner, a student at Alta High School and HOSA member, who was the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Leadership Award. Shaylee was one of 15 students across Utah who received this award.

On January 21, 2013, Shaylee was recognized at an awards ceremony, sponsored by the University of Utah; Office for Education & Community Partnerships for Diversity and the Youth Leadership Awards Selection Committee, for her commitment to service. At the awards ceremony Shaylee, along with 14 other youth leaders, received a plaque and a monetary award.

The awards ceremony took place in conjunction with the “Marade” (march & parade) where family members, teachers, counselors, friends and University of Utah personnel enjoyed the success of each award recipient.

Each year the University of Utah honors outstanding students from across the state of Utah for their dedication to the beliefs—social action, positive change and building bridges among cultures and communities—of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shaylee aptly demonstrated these attributes in her community and in her daily activities.

Social action: As HOSA president, Shaylee invites professionals in the medical field to talk to HOSA team members.

Positive change: Shaylee’s mother was in ICU for one week and then lost her job. Shaylee had to stay positive and keep her mother’s hopes high.

Building bridges among cultures and communities: Shaylee, along with other HOSA members, helped the Kauri Sue Hamilton School—a school for children with special needs—with their Halloween carnival. This event gave HOSA members an opportunity to associate with children who are different than they are and who have special needs. Each child was given special attention and positive feedback by each HOSA member during the event.

Shaylee’s motto:
“If you are going to give up for just a minute or just a day, then why give in?”

“Shaylee is mature beyond her years.  Her ability to be compassionate has been developed through her personal trials with her mother’s illness. This has given her insight into people that struggle and have special needs. She is a delight to work with,” says Shauna Andrus, HOSA advisor at Alta High School.


Photo courtesy of the University of Utah

View a short video featuring some of the events during MLK, Jr. week at the University of Utah http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EfRouj0teQ

HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Denise Abbott, Health Science teacher at Timpview High School and HOSA State Advisor

On November 6, 2012, over 700 HOSA members and advisors participated in the annual HOSA Fall Leadership Conference at the Provo Marriott Hotel. Members were introduced to the new HOSA brand – HOSA: Future Health Professionals and the conference was built around the theme – HOSA: Up and Coming Healthcare Professionals. The keynote speaker was Linda Hill who described her 30 year battle with cancer. She talked about her healthcare heroes and why each one was important. Her inspirational words left members laughing and crying.

West High School HOSA

The leadership training sessions were provided by Patty Hendrickson, an expert in leadership development, whose vivacious and effervescent program motivated everyone to be a better version of themselves.

“Patty was very inspirational to me. I am going to remember her ‘I am glad you’re here’ statement to help all participants feel more valued in whatever activity we are doing,” says Parker Christensen, a student at Timpview High School.

Patty Hendrickson with HOSA State Officers

HOSA has adopted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as the National Service Project. HOSA attendees learned more about cystic fibrosis and spotlighted two families who have children battling with cystic fibrosis – The Ralph Anderson Family (Bonneville High School) and the Robbie Rauzi Family (Park City High School). James Anderson underwent a double lung transplant this past summer and seems to be doing better. Robbie’s wife, Shalyn, brought one of their two children with cystic fibrosis to the conference and described a typical day meeting the needs of cystic fibrosis children. HOSA members certainly left the conference moved to help these families and others find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

“I was so touched about the stories of the Anderson family and the Rauzi family.  I never realized what a person with cystic fibrosis has to do every single day. I am more motivated to really get  involved with this service project to make a difference,” says Mallory Benson, student at Park City High School.

HOSA members were introduced to the extensive competitive events program by Jen Christensen and other advisors who discussed tips and ideas for making the competitions much more successful. There are over 55 competitions that allow students to learn and develop both their leadership and technical skills. The HOSA members also participated in one of twelve leadership sessions or in the Virtual Healthcare Interactive – a live heart surgery presented by Intermountain Healthcare (Kara Kamereth). Many students expressed appreciation for being able to participate in what HOSA has to offer the future leaders and “up and coming” healthcare professionals.

If you are not a member of a HOSA and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the HOSA advisor in your school.

National HOSA Competition Results

Monday, July 9th, 2012

On June 23-26, 2012 secondary and postsecondary students from across the state attended the HOSA National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Florida. The conference was an opportunity for HOSA members throughout the country to gather together to compete in a variety of events. Students worked hard throughout the year to win a spot at the national competition. Students shined as they competed in events ranging from dental spelling, to public health emergency, to nutrition knowledge, to veterinary science.

Brendan Abbott with the Health Science President for ACTE Grace Decken.
Brendan received a scholarship through National HOSA sponsored by
the Health Science Division of the ACTE.

Becky Bailey, HOSA Advisor at American Fork High School, said, “Nationals was a blast! It was so great to see how everything works at the national level and to be involved with judging an event (HOSA Bowl). The energy at Opening and Closing Ceremonies was amazing! It was especially gratifying to see my student win first place, as well as many other students from the State of Utah! HOSA truly has prepared Future Healthcare Professionals who will benefit this country in many fields!”

Twenty-five Utah secondary students placed in the top ten in twenty-five competitive event categories. Below is a list of the 19 students who placed in the top three in nine categories.

Secondary Award Winners




High School

1st Place Job Seeking Skills Emily Sheffield Ogden
1st Place Pathophysiology Knowledge Steven Duncan American Fork
1st Place Researched Persuasive Speaking Yotam Ardon Highland
2nd Place Job Seeking Skills Aaron Hitesman Tooele
2nd Place Public Service Announcement Jeffrey Brown
Meredith Tribe
Marley Arango
Dylan Bay
3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking Parker Christensen Timpview
3rd Place Home Health Aide Cheyanne Ashby JATC*
3rd Place Medical Assisting Abbie Thueson JATC
3rd Place Parliamentary Procedure Allison Ball
Megan Blackburn
Cami Cummings
Garrett Garrity
Ciara Revelli
Jacqueline Wallace
Lone Peak
3rd Place Public Health Emergency Kaitlin Bradley
Autumn Phelps

                                                     *Jordan Applied Technology Center

Autumn Phelps, HOSA secondary award winner said, “One of the most memorable events was when they called my team [for placing] in the top 10 for Public Health Emergency! My heart was pounding out of my chest as my teammate and I ran to the stage. And, then, I heard it … ‘In 3rd place from Highland High School, in Utah, the team of Bradley and Phelps!’ I won a medal at nationals! It was one of my dreams as I started the school year! I did it! The second memorable event was J.R. Martinez who spoke at the opening session. He said, ‘Continue to move forward, continue to be positive. Never be a victim, always be a survivor. You are stronger than you think.’ I have had this quote with me since the conference and it will be an inspiration for my life.”

Eight Utah postsecondary students placed in the top ten in eight competitive event categories. Below is a list of the three students who placed in the top three in three categories.

Postsecondary Award Winners





1st Place Job Seeking Skills Amanda Wilson Snow College
2nd Place Nursing Assisting Mishaelle Sampson Snow College
3rd Place Nutrition Knowledge Valerie Winkler MATC*

                                           *Mountainland Applied Technology College

Meg Whittaker, a member of the Mountain View High School HOSA chapter, said, “National HOSA was amazing! I could not believe how many people participated in the conference! I loved seeing Minnie and Mickey Mouse at the Opening Session! The best part about the opening was J.R. Martinez! He was so inspirational with his fight to overcome his own personal tragedy and succeed! I was also impressed by Captain Robert Tosatto, the National Director of the Medical Reserve Corps, who flew down to Orlando to judge the MRC event! I just have to say that HOSA is truly a professional organization and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to attend the conference!”

At the conference six HOSA advisors were recognized for their exceptional service to Utah HOSA and National HOSA. “Advisors are the key to any successful program. We are extremely lucky in Utah to have numerous top-notch advisors,” said Tara Bell, Health Science Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.

Advisor Recognition
> Outstanding Secondary Advisor – Buffy Blunck – Jordan High School
> Outstanding Postsecondary Advisor – Debi Sampson – Snow College
> National Competitive Events Committee – Jennifer Christensen – Granite Technical Institute
> HOSA Bowl Event Manager – Cindy Parkinson – Sky View High School
> HOSA Bowl Event Co-Manager – Robbie Rauzi – Park City High School
> HOSA Inc. Board – Denise Abbott – Timpview High School

“WOW! The National Leadership Conference was the perfect capstone to an outstanding year! All year, the members and advisors have gone the extra mile through the involvement in competitive events and service to the community. It did not stop at nationals. All of the advisors took great care with HOSA, each other, and the Utah HOSA members.

“There was such support and strength in Utah! The preparation of the chapters was more than validated with the outstanding performances of our students on both the secondary and postsecondary/collegiate levels. What a great state! What a great year! I am privileged to be able to work with such outstanding people!” said Denise Abbott, HOSA State Advisor.

HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects. Nationally there are over 120,000 members. Utah has over 3,300 members in 70 chapters.

Stay connected with HOSA by joining HOSA members on Facebook and Twitter!

HOSA State Officers
Back Row — Kaesen Rasmussen, Kirstin Reese, Mallory Benson, Parker Christensen, Ashleigh Bull
Front Row — Fabiola Bermudez, Brigit McDannell, Autumn Phelps

Skylie Duke: Future Dental Assistant

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Skylie Duke
Occupational Goal: Dental Assistant

“As a high school student I took CTE classes that I knew would benefit me in my career. . .These classes were a great benefit to me and helped me learn a lot relating to the health field.  They got me a step closer to achieving my goal and having that knowledge before entering the dental program [at the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College (OWATC)].

“My goal is to enter the dental assisting field shortly after I complete my training at the OWATC. I want to work full time and enjoy every  minute of my [career.] I am willing to work hard. . . This is something I have wanted to do for six years now and I won’t let anything get in my way of accomplishing my goal.”

 —Skylie Duke, Bonneville High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Skylie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College. Skylie was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Skylie Duke
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Zachary Larsen: Future Health Science CTE Teacher

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Zachary Larsen
Occupational Goal: Health Science CTE Teacher

“My occupational goal is to become a CTE Teacher in Health Science Education/Health Technology. I was first introduced to the health sciences field while attending Lone Peak High School. As a sophomore I received special administrative permission to join an EMS class typically offered only to juniors and seniors. My EMS teacher had such an enthusiasm for the subject that I found myself wanting to take other health science classes. I also found that I enjoyed the unique hands-on learning environment she provided. This teacher helped me discover that I could take my interest in health sciences and teach others. She helped me realize that I could take two interests and make them a career.” –Zachary Larsen, Lone Peak High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Zachary on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Southern Utah University. Zachary was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May, 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Zachary Larsen
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Brendan Abbott: Future Registered Nurse

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Brendan Abbott
Occupational Goal: Registered Nurse (RN)

“My personal goal is to obtain an education that prepares me for a career in the health care profession. My mother and grandmother are registered nurses. Listening to their conversations over the years on their health care experiences, I became interested in nursing as a profession. My internship at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center allowed me to see several careers in action—medical secretaries, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and radiological technicians.

“I love learning about medicine! I love interacting with the staff. I enjoy being able to understand nurses’ and doctors’ ‘speak.’ I know that a career in the medical field is the right choice for me! I know that my CTE courses will have an impact on my college education. I believe they have given me an educational advantage through early preparation.” —Brendan Abbott, Mountain View High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Brendan on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Brendan was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Brendan Abbott
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 

Save the Date: Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Please join the Jordan School District and Salt Lake Community College for the 5th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium at the downtown Salt Lake City Public Library (210 East 400 South) on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to view posters of research projects conducted by high school students. The event is open to the public, including industry and business partners, and allows all to interact with some of Utah’s budding scientists.

Who: High school students from the
Jordan Applied Technology Center

What: 5th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Where: Salt Lake City Public Library
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

When: Friday, May 4, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Award Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m.)

Learn about careers in the field of Biotechnology through participation in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Talk to your school counselor about the Biotechnology Pathway at your school. Occupations in the field of Biotechnology are predicted to be one of the most important applied sciences of the 21st century.

Occupations in the field of Biotechnology include:

Biochemists and Biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity.

Biotechnology Technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Immunohematologists perform immunohematology tests, recommends blood problem solutions to doctors, and serves as consultant to blood bank and community: Visually inspects blood in specimen tubes for hemolysis.

Microbiologists study the growth, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, and fungi.

Toxicologists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

 Health Care: Career That Make a Difference


HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America

Friday, April 6th, 2012

HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects. There are over 3,300 members in 70 Utah chapters.

On March 15-16, 2012, HOSA members from across the state met at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, UT to compete at the HOSA State Leadership Conference and Competition. Throughout the year HOSA members prepared for competitive events in the following areas:

  • Health Science Events
  • Health Professions Events
  • Emergency Preparedness Events
  • Leadership Events
  • Teamwork Events
  • Recognition Events

Conference Winners: 2012 HOSA Events State Medal Listing 

Winners from these events advance to the National HOSA Competition on June 20-23, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

At the conference new HOSA state officers were elected for the 2012-2013 school year. They are:

2012-13 HOSA State Officers
President: Kaesen Rasmussen—North Sevier High School
Northern Area Vice President: Fabiola Bermudez—Timpanogas High School
Salt Lake/Tooele Vice President: Ankita Ray—Skyline High School
Utah County Vice President: Kristian Huff—Merit College Prep Academy
Service Vice President: Ashleigh Bull—West High School
Postsecondary Vice President: Kirsten Reese—Brighton High
Alumni Vice President: Mallory Benson—Park City High
Historian: Brigit McDannell—West High
Parliamentarian: Parker Christensen—Timpview High
Secretary: Autumn Phelps—Highland High

We want to hear about the HOSA conference, your skill competition and what your HOSA chapter has planned for the rest of the school year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of a HOSA and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the HOSA advisor in your school.

“There is No Better Area of Study Than Health Science!”

Friday, March 2nd, 2012


The Medical Anatomy and Physiology (MAP) course is a required class for the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway and is an elective course for all other Health Science Education Pathways. The full-year MAP course provides students with an in-depth study of health care careers including actual clinical experience in a variety of areas. Instruction includes intermediate anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diseases and disorders, medical ethics, and first aid. The class is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Health Science course and/or for a variety of health technology programs.

Q&A with Grace Vlasich: Health Sciences and Technology Program Coordinator at the Southwest Applied Technology College.

Question: What health science MAP modules are your students currently studying?

Answer: Students are studying the integumentary system and the reproductive system. In the integumentary system module students learned how to suture.

Question: What hands-on applications have students participated in while studying the integumentary system?

Answer: After we completed the integumentary system and the reproductive system modules, I took the MAP class to the veterinarian’s office of Dr. Esplin. Dr. Esplin spays dogs and cats. When he found out that the students’ had learned suturing, he let any student who wanted to suture the animal. They get pretty excited.

Question: How did the MAP class prepare you for your visit to the clinic?

Answer: “The MAP class helped prepare me for the visit to the clinic because of the anatomy portion and it was easier to understand the cat and what we observed,” said Janzen Jorgensen.

Question: How is the MAP class and other health sciences classes preparing you for life after high school—college and career?

Answer: “The classes I am taking right now have definitely prepared me and will continue to prepare me for my college classes and my future health science career. I have learned so much from taking the MAP class,” said Paige Keyes.

Paige Keyes sutures a cat while Dr. Esplin oversees.

Question: What would you say to other students who are thinking about a career in health science?

Answer: “There is no better area of study than health sciences. The studies are fun and you gain a better knowledge of something you will need in your future. It has definitely helped me!” said Paige Keyes.
“Take advantage of all Health Science classes your school provides because they can open your eyes to many careers and help you set-up a career path. I’ve taken MAP, Nursing Assistant, Medical Terminology, Intro to Emergency Medicine, and Intro to Health Sciences. Nursing Assistant was a great experience especially doing clinicals and it made me think about being a nurse in some aspect,” said Sydni Dunford.

UtahCTE.org note:
Paige Keyes is the President-elect for HOSA SWATC and a junior at Cedar High School. In January, she was given the honor of Young Citizen of the Year by the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce. She is currently enrolled in MAP and has also taken Intro to Emergency Medicine. She would like to go to medical school and/or paramedic school. She is very active in school and volunteers in the community.

Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in Health Science.

“I just got a job as a CNA and I love it!”

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012


Q&A with Suzie Kendell: A certified nursing assistant (CNA) classroom instructor at the Viewmont High School.

Question: What do you want parents and the community to know about your class?
Answer: I would like parents to know that this is a great opportunity for their students to be able to learn the skills to care for patients, whether they continue on in nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, or pursue medical degrees in many of the other health care careers.

Question: Is the CNA course a prerequisite for future training and/or education?
Answer: Taking the CNA course is a requirement prior to participating in any medical internship in Davis District and is also a prerequisite for many of the college health care programs.

Question: What projects are your students working on?
Answer: Right now the students are learning about caring for the elderly, infection control and body mechanics. They are participating in labs where they are learning how it feels to be “elderly” by putting cotton in their ears, wearing glasses which cause blurred vision, using slings and wraps to limit mobility, and then walking around the school using walkers, canes and carrying oxygen. They are also learning to practice medical asepsis—a term used to mean free of contaminants that cause disease, like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites—with hand washing, putting on gloves, gowns and masks. They are also learning how to take Vital signs—blood pressure, pulse, respirations and temperature.

CNA Elderly Experience

CNA Elderly Experience

Question: How does your CNA class prepare students for life after high school—college and career?
Answer: This program allows the students to learn and practice their skills here in our classroom lab and then go out into the community and actually care for patients and residents in long term care facilities during their clinical rotation. They are then prepared and qualified to take the Utah State CNA exam—a written and skills test. Upon passing the test they are certified and can go out and get a job as a CNA. This class is the first step and the foundation for every health care career available today.

Question: What are your students saying about your CNA class?

  • Blair said, “I am telling everyone to take this class!! It was awesome!”
  • Katana said, “I already love this class. I’m excited to take care of real people.”
  • Ashley said, “I just got a job as a CNA and I love it!”
  • Victoria said, “Now that I have my CNA certification, I am applying for the nursing program at several colleges. This will really help my chances of being accepted.”

    Restraint Lab


Registered nurses hold a variety of qualifying degrees. Approximately 18 percent hold a nursing diploma, 34 percent hold an associate degree, 34.2 percent have a bachelor’s degree, and 13 percent hold a master’s degree or doctorate.

Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in nursing.