BLOOMINGDALE — Two recent graduates from the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School entered a competition that draws applicants from around the world, with one winning third place.
Kristen Carroll and 2022 JVS Health Technology Program alumnus Bailey Ebright attended the HOSA International Conference on Leadership for Future Healthcare Professionals June 21-25 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Carroll earned third place in the personal care category and Ebright reached the second round of the home help competition.
Tammy Sismondo, JVS instructor and HOSA counselor, said Carroll’s competition involved performing basic nursing skills while Ebright’s involved a written test and skill performance.
“Students had the opportunity to attend educational symposia and learn leadership skills,” Sismondo added, saying attendees represented all 50 states, Canada and China.
It was Carroll and Ebright’s first time attending the event, although the JVS had other people involved before.
Sismondo said his students have gone there every year, including virtually when COVID prevented in-person competitions from being held, while the conference drew around 10,000 attendees.
Health Occupations Students of America, is now known as Future Health Professionals and is a student-run organization investing in the college through the future of college students in the global health community.
Carroll of Hammondsville is the daughter of Michael Phelps and Heather Curran and graduated from Edison High School. Ebright from Cadiz is the daughter of Chris Ebright and Rita Morrison and graduated from Buckeye Local High School. Both plan to study nursing, with Carroll at Eastern Gateway Community College and Ebright at Kent State University.