HOSA Biotechnology Conference 2010

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Biotechnology students participated in the HOSA Spring Leadership Conference at the Doubletree Hotel from April 14 to 16.

Our students were great these past two days. They were polite, articulate, and full of Pueblo Pride.

Pueblo Biotechnology Students

Carlos Ramirez was elected Secondary Vice President of HOSA for the Southern region of Arizona. We have a state officer. This position required a speech and question and answer period. He ran successfully against the current HOSA HIstorian from Sunnyside. Carlos was wonderful.

Nine students attended the State Leadership Conference. Most had to be in the top 20 in the state after an online test in February.

Biotechnology Story
In Biotechnology, 95 students took the online test. Michael Dedrick was 5th, and Tricia Hindley was 9th. On Thursday both participated in the skills competitions. The two skills were microscopy and culturing bacteria. Today the final results were announced.

In the Arizona State HOSA Biotechnology competition, Michael placed second, and earned a trip to Nationals (Orlando), and Tricia placed 5th.

In the following competitions, students worked almost exclusively on their own, since these subjects were not explicitly covered in the biotech curriculum:

Jeffery/Brian Bishop- Medical Math
Cynthia Lona- Human Growth and Development
Hector Mendoza- Prepared Persuasive Speech
Carlos Ramirez- Epidemiology
Patrick Swindell, Gilberto Valenzuela, and Christian Vasquez- Creative Problem Solving Team

Students earned 4 medals:
Gold: Carlos Ramirez
Silver: Jeffery/Brian Bishop
Silver: Michael Dedrick
Silver: Hector Mendoza

They all qualify for Nationals.

Warrior Wrestlers Win 8th Straight

Over the weekend our Wrestling Warriors won their 8th Straight, count them 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8, Region Championship at Flowing Wells High School. We almost come to expect this from our wrestlers!

We had 8 champions, 1 runner-up, four 3rd Place and one 4th place finishers. We qualified 13 of 14 wrestlers for the individual state tournament this coming Thursday and Friday in Prescott, AZ. We are currently ranked 3rd in state in 4A I and we have a strong opportunity to win the State title on February 20th!

Region Champions
8th Straight Region Champions

Region Champions
119 – Angel Felix
125 – Alex Valdez
130 – Gerry Ramirez
135 – Raymond Almader
140 – Nick Gonzalez
160 – Carlos De La Vara
189 – Martin Aguayo
215 – Stefan Park

2nd Place
Heavyweight – Esau Moreno.

3rd Place
103 – Alvaro Gallego
145 – Arnold Gutierrez
152 – Ismael Lagarda
171 – Jesus Estrada

4th Place
Gabriel Estillore

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Pueblo Robotics Team Wins Again

The Pueblo High Robotics Club won big at the Arizona Vex Robotic Tournament this weekend at Sahurita High School.

Pueblo’s “Robotic Asylum” Robotic Club entered four robots in the Operation Desert Duel at Sahurita High School. The team won 1st, 2nd, & 3rd & 8th place of eighteen teams entered. Though the competition was tough, it was made more interesting for our team when we battled each other for the top three spots!

Vex Robotics Tournament
Robotics team with winning robots

This is our second consecutive year to win the Southern Arizona Vex Tournament, earning an invitation to both the Vex America and Vex World Tournaments. Congratulations to teacher Herman Lathrop and all team members for representing Pueblo!