BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — A team of Viewmont High students is heading to Nashville, Tenn., for a national competition, after having taken state in the annual HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America) Bowl.
More than 60 teams from around the state took part in the bowl, which tests student knowledge of medical anatomy, physiology, terminology and pathology.
“It is impressive to watch them answer any definition out of a college anatomy text glossary,” said Allyn Rogers, their instructor and coach, in an email. “It is an amazing experience to watch students put this much energy into learning.”
To win, team members spent every lunch hour since last year’s competition studying, she said.
Team captain William "Max" Brcko made and memorized more than 4,000 flashcards and created an iPad app to help his fellow students prepare for the Weber State Medical Terminology final.
Those on the team, which also includes Christian Flynn, Merri Luczak and Chad Eggertsen, could easily beat teams made up of teachers in medical anatomy and physiology classes, said Rogers. Team members are all juniors.
The bowl is the most challenging of the competitions HOSA sponsors, she said. The last Viewmont team to attend nationals took second place in 2007. Of those, she said, half are now in medical school.
“This level of learning is what education is all about,” she said.
In all, 10 students will attend the national competition and participate in different categories.
Sydney Pace, Natalie Bowen and Lindsey Duncan took third in state in Creative Problem Solving and will also attend the Nashville competition, as will Aubrey Marshall, who took second in Clinical Specialty. Besides being on the first-place team, Brcko received a second place in the category of Individual Medical Terminology.
Viewmont student McKaylee Brooks will serve as a state HOSA officer.
“I’m very excited to be attending nationals,” said Brcko in an email. “I’ve been wanting to go to this since not placing at state last year. This is an opportunity of a lifetime ... and we’re all so proud of each other for putting such a strong effort into this, an effort that paid off.”