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Topsail Middle HOSA competes in regional competition

posted Dec 9, 2016, 8:01 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 8:04 AM ]
Topsail Middle School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club competed in its first regional competition Nov. 19 at Mount Olive University.

The club, which started in 2013, was the first middle school HOSA chapter in North Carolina. This is the first year the chapter will compete at the regional, state, and international competitions.

At the regional competition, five students earned medals: 

Kiley Wells- 1st place, Prepared Speech
Carlos Schein- 1st place, Medical Terminology
Ruth Colby -2nd place, Medical Terminology
Adriana Kandabarow -1st place, Extemporaneous Poster
Audrey Everett- 1st place, Healthy Living.

“I was very proud of them all,” said Anita Kandabarow, TMS Nurse and HOSA Advisor. “They did a wonderful job and I hope they are going to grow some more.”

Seventh grade student Audrey Everett said the competition was nerve-wracking at first, but practicing and being prepared helped calm those nerves.

“Going into that room you have to take a deep breath,” Everett said. “I did, and it went fine. I got a rush and that only helped me to perform even better. It’s something that I’m definitely looking to invest in doing again.”

Everett said she’s interested in a career in the medical field, and feels HOSA will help her choose an area of focus.

Kiley Wells competed in the middle school international HOSA competition last year as a sixth grader, placing in the top 10 for Prepared Speech. She said competing in the regional competition was a great experience.

“You have so many things you have to remember while you are speaking,” Kiley said. “Stand up straight, project your voice, make sure you get all your words out clearly and correctly.”

Kiley’s mother, Miranda Wells, who teaches at Topsail High School and serves as the chapter’s HOSA Advisor, said having a middle school chapter has increased participation at the high school level.

“By the time they get to us at the high school, they know what HOSA is and are more aware of it and prone to join,” Wells said. “I’ve had a tremendous influx of ninth graders this year at the high school and I honestly think it is because they get so much information and start talking about it here at the middle school.”

The HOSA club will begin fundraising for the state and international competitions soon. For more information about HOSA at Topsail Middle, email