Gibson Tech Students Qualify for International Competition

Eight students from Gibson Technical Center have qualified to compete in an international competition for future health professionals. They did so by finishing in the top three of their category at the Missouri HOSA 2020 Leadership Conference. 

HOSA is an international student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry. These students are training to be on the front lines of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“These students truly represent the dedication, determination, and compassion of a phenomenal future health care provider,” said instructor Lacey Williams. “Just as the current frontline heroes continue to serve, these students continue to train despite the closing of schools and the risks that this career path could pose now and in the future. I am so very proud of each and every one of my students! They demonstrate the resilience and promise of our future as they adapt, improvise, and overcome the challenges in today's world.”

The conference was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the seventh year in a row that Gibson Tech students have won a state title in at least one category.

Here are results for Gibson Technical Center students:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

3rd Place: Madison Snider of Reeds Spring and Brandon Bjorge of Branson

CPR/First Aid

1st Place: Jennaeivieve Olhalver and Amy Cornelious of Forsyth

Emergency Medical Technician

1st Place: Sarah Bower of Forsyth and Courtney Hill of Chadwick

3rd Place: Madison Carney and Jason Wasie of Reeds Spring


picture of GTC HOSA qualifiers

Gibson Technical Center is a career and technical education school that is part of the Reeds Spring School District. It also serves students from nine other surrounding school districts.

The HOSA Virtual International Leadership Conference is scheduled for June 24-27.

“I am pleased that they will continue to represent our wonderful community and the great state of Missouri in the HOSA International Leadership Conference where they will once again shine bright,” Williams said. “The students and I would like to thank the Taney County Ambulance District for their active participation and support in the students' training, along with a huge thank you to all of the schools for their continued support making this all possible!”

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