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Students from Chestatee, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Johnson and West Hall high schools recently competed at the State Health Occupations Students of America Conference in Athens:
- Kristen McCole, Flowery Branch High School, first place, pharmacology
- Charmie Adajanie, West Hall High School, second place, medical spelling
- Kaelin Conley, Flowery Branch High School, second place, life support skills
- Diana Hernandez, West Hall High School, third place, healthy lifestyles
- Outstanding Chapter of the Year, West Hall High School
- National Service Project Award, Chestatee High School
- National Service Project Award, West Hall High School
Many students also received the Barbara James Service Award, given to those who completed at least 50 hours of community service: Betty Huynh, Jackie Ong, Ivan Gonzalez, Indira Islas, all of Gainesville High; Connor Grady, Johnson High School; Kenzie Haynes, Hannah Wilson, Leyla Karimzadeh, Janessa King, Dakota Thomas and Samantha Alverson, all of West Hall.
Middle school students also were allowed to compete this year. Two East Hall Middle School students placed:
- Grayson Baker, first, CPR/first aid
- Michelle Ferguson, second, medical reading
Students who placed in the top three or received Outstanding HOSA chapter, Barbara James Service Award or National Service Project are eligible to compete at the National Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the last week of June.