Montana High School Students to Compete at International Health Care Conference

May 23, 2016

MISSOULA – Thirty-two Montana high school students participating in HOSA: Future Health Professionals will attend the HOSA International Leadership Conference June 22-25, in Nashville, Tennessee. They represent Bozeman, Missoula Big Sky, Missoula Sentinel, Great Falls, Great Falls Charles M. Russell and Butte high schools.

One of seven Career and Technical Student Organizations operated through the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana HOSA is directed through the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at the University of Montana.

The program is dedicated to enhancing the delivery of compassionate, quality health care  and meeting the needs of the health care community by providing opportunities for all health science education students to develop knowledge, skills and leadership. Statewide, Montana HOSA has 535 members and 22 high school chapters.

Throughout the school year individual chapters participate in community service projects, job shadows and leadership activities. Students focus on their health science field of interest and devote the school year to preparing for competition in that field at the state conference. Students attending Tennessee conference placed in events at the state level in the following areas: biomedical laboratory science, persuasive speaking, medical innovation and CPR/First Aid, among others.

Students attending the 2016 HOSA ILC are:

  • Bozeman High School: Jessica Andrew, Ashley Beck, Renata Buffalino, Riley Collins, Hannah Hays, Taylor Jones, John Marshall, Tate May, Katelyn Stevenson and Kenenni Wiegand.
  • Butte High School: Carmody Caitlin, Quinn Cunneen, Maddi Hoff, Caitlyn Sheehan and Shalia Tadday.
  • Great Falls CMR High School: Megan Bahnmiller, Maddison Handa, Erynn Murphy, Isabelle Pellot and Courtney Schroeder.
  • Great Falls High School: Helen Margaris, LaReesa Mitchell and Hareen Seerha.
  • Missoula Big Sky High School: Juliana Denishchich, Yana Denishchich, Bonnie Long, Samantha Mathis and Corbin Witt.
  • Missoula Sentinel High School: Magnolia Chinn, Anika Melzer-Roush and Julia Vonessen.

For more information call Martha Robertson, Montana HOSA director, at 406-243-4746 or email


Contact: Martha Robertson, Montana HOSA: Future Health Professionals director, 406-243-4746, 406-243-4746.