Cove student advances to international HOSA contest

Special to Leader-Press

33,000 members, 3,300 competitors, 60 events. Fewer than 200 will advance to the next level. The competition at the Texas HOSA State Leadership Conference was fierce with winners from the district level competitions from through the state demonstrating their knowledge and skills in the health care industry before panels of judges. 
Copperas Cove High School HOSA member Raven Cheaney competed in the Sports Medicine event and placed in the top ten. CCHS HOSA Chapter president Alexis Grasso competed in Medical Assisting and placed second. With the top three in each event advancing to the next level of competition, Grasso is qualified for the HOSA International Leadership Conference held in Dallas in June.
“This year was my third year in a row being able to compete. Though competing and earning a spot on the stage is always fun, this conference inspired me by seeing so many people come together all in the spirit of being future health professionals. It’s amazing to see the determination and spirit that goes along with being the future of medicine and HOSA: Future Health Professionals plays a huge part in allowing students to explore their talents in the health care field and allows students to become the best they can be,” the CCHS junior said. “I am so excited to have had the chance to be the best I could be and now having the opportunity to head to internationals and meet so many more students focused on their journies into health care.” 
Grasso also served as the District 5 President for this school year, leading thousands of future health professionals.
Texas maintains the largest delegation internationally. CCHS HOSA Adviser Sandra Perry has also served as the Texas HOSA board of directors’ president.
“I am very proud of Alexis and all of her accomplishments. I have had the pleasure of seeing her grow as a leader the last three years. She is one of those students that strives for excellence, and ensures that she always puts her best foot forward.”

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