Gibson Tech Students Win CPR Competition

From left to right - Raychel Dooley, Katyalynn Bourgeos, Sierra Springer, and John Michael Judah.
From left to right – Raychel Dooley, Katyalynn Bourgeos, Sierra Springer, and John Michael Judah.
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REEDS SPRING, Mo. – Gibson Technical Center students won the CPR/First Aid competition and the Emergency Medical Technician contest at the 2016 HOSA State Leadership Conference. This is the third consecutive year for Gibson Tech students to earn gold medals.Raychel Dooley and Katyalynn Bourgeois bested the field of CPR/First Aid competitors. Sierra Springer and John Michael Judah earned the silver medal. They are also from Gibson Technical Center.

GTC students Ivan Garcia and Carliee Whorton earned the gold medal in the EMT competition while GTC students Alex Gangemi and Sonjia Cotter received the silver medal.

“I am so proud of my students this year,” said Gibson Tech EMT instructor Lacey Williams. “These students have demonstrated positive attitudes and a willingness to go above and beyond any expectations.”

More than 1,000 students from across Missouri competed in the event, held on March 28-29 in Rolla. HOSA is an international student organization which strives to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

“I am excited knowing these students are our future health care providers,” Williams said.

Gibson Technical Center is part of the Reeds Spring School District but also takes in students from 10 surrounding districts. Dooley and Bourgeois attend Reeds Spring High School, Springer attends Galena, Judah and Garcia attend Branson, Whorton attends Hollister, and Gangemi and Cotter attend Forsyth.

The EMT course at Gibson Tech is a yearlong program for high school seniors. Students participate in clinical experiences and ambulance ridealongs. When students complete the course, they are eligible to take the National Registry of EMT exam.

The two gold-medal teams and two silver-medal teams will travel to Nashville, Tennessee in June to compete at the HOSA 39th Annual International Leadership Conference.

In addition to competing, the students will attend seminars to expand their knowledge and learn about advancements in the medical field.

From left to right - Ivan Garcia, Carliee Whorton, Sonjia Cotter, and Alex Gangemi.
From left to right – Ivan Garcia, Carliee Whorton, Sonjia Cotter, and Alex Gangemi.

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