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Manatee County students set their sights on medical careers, earn top spots in state

The Florida HOSA Future Health Professionals 2024 Student Leadership Conference was held April 4th through 7th in Kissimmee, near Orlando.

Photo: King Middle School HOSA at State Conference in Kissimmee.

Students from across the state competed in various events testing their knowledge and skill about health careers of their choosing.

First and second place achievements qualify for competition at the international level during a conference this summer in Houston.

Nolan Middle School teacher Michelle Boculac was also named Outstanding Chapter Advisor.

Students from Manatee County traditional middle and high schools, along with Manatee Technical College, competed and earned placement among the best and brightest in the state for the following categories (listed in order of achievement):

Photo: King Middle School HOSA member earns an award.


Math for Health Careers

1st Place – Victoria B., King Middle School


Pharmacy Science 

1st Place – Riley McDonough, MTC


Photo: MTC students Fedhia Brunot and Maria Diaz-Gonzalez. 


Mental Health Promotion

1st Place – Fedhia Brunot & Maria Diaz-Gonzalez, MTC


Health Career Preparation

1st Place – Peter H., Nolan Middle School 


Health Career Exploration

2nd Place – Paisley K., King Middle School


Photo: MTC 2024 FL-HOSA winners Riley McDonough, Galilea Sanchez-Velazquez, Maria Diaz-Gonzalez and Fedhia Brunot qualify for the international competition.


Human Growth & Development

2nd Place - Galilea Sanchez-Velazquez, Manatee Technical College (MTC)


Photo: King Middle School HOSA member earns an award.


Health Career Preparation

3rd Place – Jordyn F., King Middle School   


Life Threatening Situations

3rd Place – Samuel C., Nolan Middle School   


Foundations of Veterinary Science

4th Place – Andrew S., King Middle School      

5th Place – Brendan R., Nolan Middle School   


Clinical Specialty

5th Place – Nathaniel B., Lakewood Ranch High School  



5th Place – Karis P., Palmetto High School  

The Barbara James Service Award is given to HOSA members who qualify by serving health-related community service hours such as volunteering at a senior center, blood drive or fundraising for an organization (i.e. American Cancer Society).

Nathaniel B. from Lakewood Ranch High School earned a silver level reward, which requires between 175-249 community service hours.

Manatee High School HOSA earned the NMDP Incentive Award. NMDP, formerly known as the National Marrow Donor Program and Be the Match, is a registry of blood stem cell and marrow donors. Points are earned by fundraising for the organization or recruiting people to join the NMDP registry.