Summer Meant National Competition for Many

Summer Meant National Competition for Many
Posted on 09/09/2016
Lakota logoThis summer numerous Lakota students excelled in major national competitions, exhibiting both their technical and leadership skills.

First, several students participated in the HOSA’s international leadership conference, held in late June in Nashville, Tennessee. HOSA is an international student organization focused on promoting career opportunities in the health care industry and this year, their 40th anniversary conference had a theme of “innovate, inspire, ignite.”

Lakota East students Chase Harris, Maddox Linneman and Sam Pannek placed fourth in the “biomedical innovations” category with their idea for curing HIV. The team of Hannah Ackerman and Sofia Seppi, both from Lakota East, earned a top 40 finish in CPR/first aid.

Other Lakota students participating in the event were Lakota East students Talia Brown who competed in interview skills and Paige Bentley in the medical math category. Ali Hausfeld, Lakota West student, participated in nutrition and Lexi Adams, Lakota East, attended as an officer.


Several Lakota West Freshmen students traveled to San Diego for the national FCCLA conference. The FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is a career and technical student organization with the family as its central core. The members work to address important personal, work and societal issues through family and consumer science education, in particular developing their leadership potential and skills for life.

Amitoj Kaur and Matthew Ho received a gold (the highest a team or individual can place) in the advocacy junior section and Michael Clemons, Brayden Kreiner and Holt McNeer also garnered gold in the interpersonal communications junior category.

Congratulations to all for their achievements at these high level competitions.