GCU students take the lead at HOSA state conference

GCU HOSA-Future Health Professionals executive members Henry Geronimo, Valeria Romano Rosas, Scarlett Armienta and Josue Vega (from left) presented a breakout session at Arizona HOSA's Fall Leadership Conference.

Over 200 high schoolers attend GCU HOSA breakout sessions

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Students from Grand Canyon University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology and from the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions helmed several breakout sessions at the Arizona HOSA-Future Health Professionals Fall Leadership Conference. More than 2,700 high school HOSA members and their advisors attended the event Nov. 10 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

GCU HOSA president Henry Geronimo (right) showed high school students how to accurately take basic vitals, such as blood pressure.

GCU presented six sessions, more than any other university. They included:

  • “Genetic Transformations: The Powerhouse of Bioengineering” by biology professor Dr. Galyna Kufryk and Research and Design Program students Luke Bamrud and Peyton Smith. The workshop delved into genetic transformation, which involves introducing and expressing foreign genes into a host organism. The focus was on the mechanisms and applications of genetic transformation in bacteria.
  • “Vitals 101” by GCU HOSA. In the interactive workshop, University HOSA leaders demonstrated how to accurately take basic vitals, such as blood pressure. High school students also learned proper auscultation techniques for the heart and lungs using a stethoscope. Presenters were Henry Geronimo, GCU HOSA president and executive of development; Scarlett Armienta and Vanessa Reyes Estanislao, chairs of student community; Valeria Romano Rosas, chair of mentorship; and Josue Vega, vice president of HOSA and executive of clinical skills.
  • Suture lesson by GCU Live Lessons. In the hands-on workshop, students learned techniques to close various wounds.
More than 150 high school students attended the session presented by GCU biology professor Dr. Galyna Kufryk and Research and Design Program students Peyton Smith and Luke Bamrud (from left). They spoke about genetic transformation.

More than 200 high school students attended GCU’s HOSA sessions, and more than 150 high school students attended the “Genetic Transformations: The Powerhouse of Bioengineering” session.

GCU HOSA is supported by advisor Dr. Mark Wireman, associate professor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and co-advisor Marni Landry, K12 Outreach Director in K12 Educational Development. The University's HOSA organization is represented at the state level by student Reanne Espiritu, who was elected as post-secondary vice president.

“GCU students brought knowledge and professionalism to the to the HOSA state conference," said Corinne Araza, K12 STEM Outreach Senior Project Director in K12 Educational Development. "Their outreach to K12 students makes a great difference to those in pursuit of health occupations."

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