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Bartow Middle School Leads Way In Health Care Studies

Seven Bartow Middle School students in Polk County won awards at a regional Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization. HOSA is a national student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the quality of health care. The Bartow Middle students competed in a region composed of schools from Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties.

Bartow Middle School students winning awards are listed according to competition category as noted below. Brett Wasden earned first place in two different categories. Stephen Cassick earned top three places in two different categories.

  • Medical Terminology:
    • Kelly Hazen (first)
    • Elaine Rivera (third)
  • First Aid/Rescue Breathing:
    • Brett Wasden (first)
    • Stephen Cassick (second)
  • Job Seeking Skills:
    • Wasden (first),
    • Arlisha Broome (second)
    • Cassick (third)

These students are part of the school districtís first pre-medical academy for middle school students to introduce them to health care occupations, including nursing and first responder fields. The Bartow Middle School Pre-Medical Academy is currently the only middle school to offer the courses.