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WSD Student Receives Second Place at HOSA International Competition

Timberland High School junior Jenna Davis received second place on the Bioengineering Academic Test at the HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals) International Leadership Conference (ILC), held June 19-22 in Orlando, Florida.


Davis was one of 24 Missouri students who placed in the top 10 at the International Conference attended by over 8,100 students from around the world. She attended the Educational Symposium and the National Geographic Learning Academic Testing Center for Future Health Professionals at the event and received her second place medal with the other top 10 performers on the Bioengineering Academic test. Davis is a two-year member of Timberland HOSA and serves as the committee chairperson for the STEM Club at South Middle School, planning and organizing their club meetings.


Two WSD students were recognized with the Barbara James Service Award at the ILC. Liberty junior Cassidy Widlowski received gold recognition for completing over 250 hours of community service, and Timberland senior Lexi Hohenshell received bronze recognition for completing 100 hours of community service.


The Holt and Timberland HOSA chapters were both recognized as a 2019 Outstanding HOSA Chapter at the ILC. The award is given to HOSA chapters that document and demonstrate their chapter events and accomplishments throughout the year. Jadan Nothdurft created the Holt Chapter Book, and Kenna Vaughn and Tatiana Cuadra created the Timberland Chapter Book, that were submitted and recognized at the conference. In addition, the Timberland HOSA chapter received a Certificate of Recognition, and the Liberty HOSA chapter received a Certificate of Merit for their participation in the HOSA national service project, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF). 


HOSA is sponsored by Holt teacher Jennifer Hess, Liberty teacher Jennifer Strathman and Timberland teacher James Craghead, and students must be enrolled in one of the District’s Project Lead the Way biomedical classes in order to be a member of their school chapter. Nineteen WSD students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland qualified to compete at the International Leadership Conference, which features 60 health-related competitive events. The competitive events are designed to provide a system for recognizing the competencies developed by members through Health and Biomedical Science class instruction, related job training and activities. Individual members and teams are evaluated according to set standards of performance by professionals from the health care community appropriate to each event. Those who prepare for an event are developing the knowledge and skills to become future health professionals. For more information about HOSA, visit:


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