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July 10, 2013

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Woodward, Okla. — HOSA AWARDS

The HPTC Board of Education also listened to a presentation from Polly Cottom about the recent national conference and competition for the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), which was held last month in Nashville, Tenn.

A group of HOSA members from HPTC attended the event, including Brittany Roberts, Woodward High School senior; Heather Gunn, adult student from Seiling; Shivani Gandhi, Mooreland High School senior; and Christina Tuck, Woodward High School 2013 graduate.

Cottom said that the school was represented "very well" at the conference especially as "Heather Gunn placed second in the nation in the post-secondary prepared speaking" contest.  Gunn was presented with a medal and honored on stage in front of 5,400 other competitors from across the United States, she said.

In addition, High Plains Technology Center's HOSA chapter as a whole was recognized with a Merit Award for the National HOSA service project.  Cottom presented Hughes with the certificate and medal that the school received as part of the merit award.

She explained that the school's HOSA chapter was asked to help raise money toward the national service initiative to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  She said that the school "only had to raise $500 to qualify for the award, but we raised a total of $2,000" through various fundraisers over this past year.

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