Area Teens Show Healthy Potential For Health Care Jobs

Carol Chang
Wednesday - August 18, 2010
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Central Oahu teens in Orlando this summer didn’t need the city’s amusement parks to stir up some magic. They stood out among more than 7,000 students intent on pursuing health-related careers - and proving their competence for it through rigorous tests.

More than a dozen students from Mililani and Leilehua high schools were honored at the HOSA National

Students of America from across the country competed in 25 health-related/medical events, with Hawaii delegates earning recognition in 16 of them.

Placing third in their competitions were Rance China, Brianna Daranciang, Ashley Layco and Carianne Matsuo of Mililani, and Ruel Reyes (Mililani 2008); placing fourth were Ana Liza Capulong, Sandra Jamilla, Joybell Pablo, Vanessa Joy Sagaoinit and Tony Valdez Jr. of Leilehua, and Brittney Acoba and Joleen-Taylor Baxa of Mililani. Also doing well were Nicole Kawahara and Allen Orense of Mililani, fifth place; Woody Hoshibata of Leilehua, sixth; Brandy-Shaye Au-Stein of Mililani, seventh; and Nicole Colello, Samantha DeLeon and Liane Hisamoto of Mililani, honorable mention.

And there’s more. Jenna Maligro of Mililani was recognized as outstanding state leader and won a $2,000 National HOSA scholarship. (Maligro plans to study at University of Washington and become a surgeon.) Brittney Acoba of Mililani earned national recognition, as did Leilehua and Mililani students for an Autism Speaks service project group award. Jade Simpliciano of Mililani won the Presidential Service Gold Award (for 250-plus hours).

And more. Hawaii Association for Career and Technical Education named Mililani’s Candace Chun Outstanding CTE (Career and Technical Education) teacher, and Maligro Outstanding CTE Secondary Student.

And it’s not over yet. Elected to the 2010-2011 state HOSA board were vice president Tony Valdez Jr., secretary Sandra Jamilla and treasurer Ana Liza Capulong, all of Leilehua.

Back in Hawaii, nine Mililani HOSA students were hired as paid summer interns by Hawaii Pacific Health.


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