Four students from Laurel Business Institute in Uniontown captured top honors at the Pennsylvania Health Occupation Students of America conference held March 2 to 4 in Lancaster.
Donni Shimko, Amy Schwarz, Erica Clutter and Tiphany Haupt earned gold medals in their respective categories and each earned spots in HOSA’s national convention to be held in June in Anaheim, Calif.
In addition to the students, LBI instructor and HOSA adviser Kelly Bedner, won honors as HOSA Advisor of the Year.
Shimko, a medical laboratory technician student, earned a gold medal in Collegiate Medical Spelling.
Schwarz, a respiratory therapy major, earned a gold medal in Collegiate Medical Terminology.
The team of Clutter, a medical assistant major, and Haupt, a respiratory therapy major, won a gold medal in Collegiate CPR and First Aid.
The Advisor of the Year Award, presented to Bedner, is given annually by HOSA to an instructor who "goes the extra mile for the students."
This year marks the second consecutive year that LBI students won honors from the Pennsylvania chapter of HOSA. Last year, in their first year of competition, four students won gold medals and another was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Three of the four LBI students who won state honors last year also took gold medals at the national competition.
HOSA has more than 120,000 members across the United States and Puerto Rico. HOSA’s goal is to enhance the education, leadership skills and communication skills of students in the health profession.