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Carrick students earn awards at HOSA leadership conference


Carrick High School students Ashley Boland, Alicia King and Jacqueline Lewis have dedicated the past year to making an impact on other students in the community by warning them about the danger of predators on the internet.

Students Boland, King and Lewis, as part of the Community Awareness Team, chose to do a project about online predator safety after watching Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator. Their project included researching preventative measures for dealing with online predators and presenting these measures to about 600 students in three local schools.

One of the schools they chose was Pioneer Education Center for the physically and mentally challenged. They chose this school as children with disabilities often use the Internet for socialization and therefore present more of a target for predators.##M:(HOSA students)#

The Carrick students are members of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) at Carrick and recently attended the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in March where they presented their project. It earned them a Silver Medal and an opportunity to compete in the National Conference in Orlando, Florida this June.

Also attending the conference was Richard McCandless who earned a Bronze Medal for Sports Medicine; he will also attend the national conference in June.

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of American Career Technical Education. HOSA's two-fold mission since 1976 is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.


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