Man­teca High HOSA does well at com­pe­ti­tion

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By VINCE REMBULAT

STOCK­TON – Nov. 10, 2015 is a date that Ezekiel Van Staav­eren will never for­get.

The Man­teca High ju­nior was in train­ing for cross coun­try on that fate­ful day when he was struck by a car.

At last week’s Health Oc­cu­pa­tions Stu­dents of Amer­ica Area Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence at the San Joaquin County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion, Van Staav­eren re­called be­ing on life sup­port with a ma­jor con­cus­sion and bro­ken bones.

This life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was used as part of his ‘Pre­pared Speech’ in the HOSA com­pe­ti­tion.

“It took (me) six months of re­cov­ery,” said Van Staav­eren, who is now in­spired to be­come an or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon.

He spent the pre­vi­ous night work­ing on his speech with his sis­ter. For his hard work and ef­fort, Staav­eren, who is also run­ning cross coun­try again, proudly came away with sec­ond-place hon­ors.

Ac­cord­ing to MHS HOSA ad­vi­sor Ch­eryl Behler, the one-day mock com­pe­ti­tion con­sisted of some 450 stu­dents from be. vi­tal Char­ter High at We­ston Ranch High, Moun­tain House, Kim­ball, McNair, We­ber In­sti­tute, and Man­teca High, to name a few.

Man­teca High had 94 stu­dents while We­ston Ranch also had 94 stu­dents.

The event made pos­si­ble by Kathy Ru­ble, MUSD’s di­rec­tor of Ca­reer Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion / Science Tech­nol­ogy En­gi­neer­ing Math­e­mat­ics, and was held to help pre­pare stu­dents for the HOSA State Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence at the Ana­heim Mar­riott be­gin­ning on April 5.

Van Staav­eren wasn’t the only one who came away sur­prised by his achieve­ment.

Emily Eaven­son took third place in Med­i­cal Pho­tog­ra­phy.

The MHS fresh­man en­joys pho­tog­ra­phy but as­pires to have a ca­reer in the med­i­cal field. “I love both so that’s why I got into ( Med­i­cal Pho­tog­ra­phy),” she said.

Eaven­son also be­came the first-ever MHS HOSA stu­dent to earn a medal in that cat­e­gory.

Shan­non Le and her sis­ter, Stacy Le, also took home rib­bons.

They took sec­ond place in the Health Ca­reer Dis­play.

Shan­non, who is an MHS fresh­man, is hop­ing to be­come a fam­ily prac­ti­tioner while Stacy, who is a ju­nior, is look­ing to get into a Phar­macy.

VINCE REMBULAT / The Bul­letin

Man­teca High HOSA stu­dent Ezekiel Van Staav­eren took sec­ond place in Pre­pared Speech

VINCE REMBULAT / The Bul­letin

TOP PHOTO: Shan­non Le and Stacy Le were sec­ond­place fin­ish­ers in Health Ca­reer Dis­play. BOTTOM PHOTO: Fresh­man Emily Eaven­son be­came the first-ever MHS stu­dent to earn a rib­bon in Med­i­cal Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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