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Mount Airy High School’s Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) will be holding its major bingo fundraiser for the year on April 5 at 6 p.m. in the school’s commons area.

Health Science Instructor and HOSA Advisor Lynn Snow considers it the most important way to send more of her talented students to state competition.

“We are definitely looking at state,” said Snow. Among her list of hopefuls is senior Landon Horton, who finished sixth in the state HOSA Emergency Medical Technician competition his sophomore year and was second in state last year. Snow credited the efforts of Surry County Paramedic Corey Scearce for much of the success of her students in the paramedic competitions, working with them and serving as their coach.

Horton will probably be pared with fellow classmate Jarred Jenkins, who moves into state level competition for his first time. Mount Airy’s HOSA Bowl teams are also expected to build on their top honors in the district. Snow said this bowl team is composed of seniors Sarah Smith and Alex Bateman and sophomores Dalton Mayes and Emily Snow.

Other students likely to be tapped for state action include Chelsey Baker, Alex Bateman, Kristen Chandler, Jessica Escutia, Juan Escutia, Rachel Evans, Madeline Gammons, Kristen George, Laura Beth Gough, Hailey Jessup, Olivia Jessup, Andrew Jones, Elizabeth Juno, Jessica Martin, Dalton Mayes, Brooke Moore, Jordan Penn, Emily Pfitzner, Randy Simmons, Sarah Smith, Bree Tomchick, Clay Welch, Matthew Wyers and Will Zeller.

Information from Snow indicates Horton and Landon Mumford took first in the District CPR competition with the Creative Problem Solving Team of Gammons, Jessup, Simmons and Baker finishing second while Jordan Penn was second in the district with her Extemporaneous Health Poster. Snow said donations and proceeds from fundraisers not used for state competition will be used for national level competitions later this year in Orlando, Fla.

“I’m also trying to build a scholarship from the proceeds we raise,” Snow said. “This would be for students who graduate from Mount Airy High School who are looking at going into a health care career.” She said the group routinely holds anywhere from 12-15 service projects a school year to help the community.

“Our chapter is the largest it has been in the ten years I’ve been here,” said Snow. “I’ve seen students continuing HOSA at the college level. They see the benefit of surrounding themselves with like-minded people. Now you see them hanging abound after school studying. It’s become a place and a group for kids to belong to.” Snow said the group at MAHS in particular, blossomed over the past five years.

Snow praised the support of the community and the high school staff for the program. She said further progress and momentum in the program depends on continuing to expand to more students. Other HOSA activities include a Certified Nursing Assistant presentation on March 19, Hat Day to raise money to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and March 21 the group will be hosing a “Healthy Eating Day” during lunches.

Interested persons may obtain more information about the group and its activities by calling Snow at Mount Airy High School at 336-789-5147.

David Broyles may be reached at 336-719-1952 or on twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.

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