Health Science

KHS health science students pose along with their sponsors after the closing ceremony at the SkillsUSA District 5 Leadership and Skills Conference in Waco Feb. 8.

Kilgore High School students have returned from another successful showing at SkillsUSA competition, earning medals in a variety of categories related to career and technical education.

“This was our third year to go,” said Cheyenne Kirkpatrick, KHS Health Science teacher and coach. Kirkpatrick helped her students prepare for competition in the SkillsUSA District 5 Leadership and Skills Conference in Waco Feb. 7 and 8.

“We add a few more events every time. The judges and some of the sponsors made a comment about how awesome our students were. We had a very strong showing.”

The KHS Health Science Quiz Bowl team won enough competitions to compete at the national level last summer and, this year, became back-to-back district champs. This followed a second-place district finish two years ago.

They weren’t the only students to win awards, however.

“In every single competitino we entered except for one, we were on the (winner’s) podium, at least,” Kirkpatrick said.

“It was just a very strong showing. The kids are doing great.”

Kilgore students participated in several new events at the SkillsUSA competition this eyar, including extemporaneous speaking, prepared speech and job skill demonstration.

This year’s competitors included newcomers as well as some students who had competed at SkillsUSA in previous years.

Seven KHS students, four seniors and three juniors, returned for the 2020 competition while one new junior student, six sophomores and four freshman participated for the first time.

Of those six sophomores, four are now going on to state competition, along with one freshman, Kirkpatrick said.

Much of the preparation for the quiz bowl involved reviewing quizlets and flash cards, while other students prepared by creating binders of visual aids for certain competitions, including the Oustanding Member category.

Kirkpatrick and the students won’t know the complete results from the competition for a couple more weeks but KNH will share that information as soon as it is available.

Students who earned awards at the competition are as follows:

Health Knowledge Bowl

1st Place — Back to Back District Champs

Mackenna Watkins

Sydney Chowdhury

Anushka Pradhan

Alison Rashidi

Health Knowledge Bowl

2nd Place

Ruben Estrella

Juan Vega

Cerenity Exline

Emma Taylor

Community Service

1st Place

Cerenity Exline

Cason Cox

Madison Donovan

First Aid & CPR

1st Place — Jared Rich

Nurse Assisting

1st Place — Anushka Pradhan

Medical Terminology

1st Place — Mackenna Watkins

Basic Health Care Skills

1st Place — Shanna Casayuran

Outstanding SkillsUSA Member

1st Place — Cerenity Exline

Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

1st Place — Shanna Casayuran

2nd Place — Cason Cox

Extemporaneous Speaking

2nd Place — Delaney Moses

Job Skill Demonstration

3rd Place — Kristen Kennel

This is our 3rd year competing in SkillsUSA.

Health Knowledge Bowl — 3 time district champion (2 different teams)

2nd for this team, they were 2nd as sophomores, 1st as juniors and seniors

Community Service — Back to Back champions (different teams)

First Aid & CPR — Champion 2 of 3 years, 2nd last year (3 different students)

Medical Terminology — 3 time district champion (2 different students)

Health Occupations Professional Portfolio — Back to Back champion (2 different students)

This year, 4 seniors, 4 juniors, 4 sophomores, and 1 freshman are advancing to state.

Media Student Results:

Interactive Application and Game Design

1st Place

Wanya McIntyre

Alex Czarnieki

Interactive Application and Game Design

2nd Place

Kalen Ray

Omar Gauna

Broadcast News Production

3rd Place

Jimena Pina

Ivan Moran

Luis Baldazo

Luis Campos


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