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Summer Recap: HOSA ILC

Over the summer, Clark High School sent a handful of competitors to HOSA’s International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. Students from around the nation and abroad gathered to compete in a variety of events all related to the medical field.┬áCompetitors from Clark High School were all required to win first place in their respective events at the Nevada State Leadership Conference in order to attend.

While students on the trip were eager to compete and hopefully win, the trip was far more than just a competitive experience. The team spent their free time visiting the cultural center that is Downtown Dallas. Students found themselves in the center of a very historic neighborhood. Just two blocks from where the Clark team stayed was Dealey Plaza, the infamous location of the assassination of the thirty-fifth president of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

“It felt like we were walking right through history,” said senior Pablo Bonilla. “It’s a place that I’ve always wanted to visit.”

For the team’s Chapter Day, students spent the morning at Six Flags Dallas. Despite the heat and humidity, students engaged in a fun day of roller coasters and good food.

Like any other competition that Clark competes in, ┬áthe final results speak for themselves. At this year HOSA International Leadership Conference, three teams were able to place as international finalists. Vincent Tan, former president of Clark HOSA, placed fourth in Medical Math. The team of Shivam Saran, Rishi Saran, Jaiden Reddy, and Evan Crosby placed fifth in Biomedical Debate. Clark’s Medical Innovation team of Isha Shah, Chloe Kim, and Katelyn Phan placed ninth.

Vidhu Ramakrishnan, who was attending his First ILC as president of Clark’s renown HOSA program, had this to say about the event: “I thought the competition went great for Clark. The fact that we were able to get three events in the top ten was amazing. As it was my first time going to ILC, I didn’t know what to expect, but the overall experience surpassed what I initially imagined it being. It’s very invaluable and is something that I can look back on five years from now and still cherish.”

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