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Klein High School Medical Reserve Team Earns International Honor

Jul 14, 2017 Back


Klein High School Medical Reserve Team Earns International Honor


A team of Klein High School students earned third place in the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Partnership competition at the 40th annual Health Occupations Students of America-Future Medical Professionals (HOSA) International Leadership Conference. A total of 38 students from Klein qualified for the international competition, making Klein one of the largest groups at the Conference. The winning team was comprised of Bailee Atencio, Emily Dunbar, Michael Holzem, Kathy Nguyen, Temoore Raja, and Byran Wessinger, all Class of 2017 graduates, and was led by Klein High School Health Science Instructor and HOSA Advisor, Kristen Haggard.


HOSA is an international student organization that works to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Every year, they host a variety of different medical competitions for students around the world to gain invaluable hands-on experience while simultaneously serving their communities. One of these competitions, the MRC Partnership, pairs a HOSA student chapter with a local MRC group. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers that form nearly 1,000 local groups. The MRC Partnership aims to encourage HOSA chapters to initiate and maintain a partnership with their local MRC units as they work together to strengthen public health, build community resilience, and improve local preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.


Klein High School’s team formed their partnership with the Harris County MRC leader, Shawn McClain, in early August of 2016. Throughout the school year, these six students worked with Mr. McClain to plan and volunteer at events with the MRC throughout Harris County. One such event was a simulation of a texting and driving accident in which the team staged an accident complete with fire and rescue, paramedics, and police. More than 100 students witnessed the simulation and signed a pledge afterwards to put their phones away while driving. In total, the team volunteered 850 hours, achieved 15 certifications each, and raised approximately $3,000 to donate to several worthwhile causes.


At the HOSA International Leadership Conference, the team submitted a 16 page portfolio that meticulously detailed their extensive community service and accomplishments for a panel of judges to review. Following a 5 minute interview, the judges rated them on the quantity, scope, and impact of their activities as well as their cooperative work with the MRC. After the judges finalized their ratings of all teams, Commander Skip Payne, Deputy Director for the MRC Program, awarded the Klein team 3rd place for their efforts in the local community. As they move on from high school to grander aspirations, this group of students provides an inspiring example of tireless dedication to public service for the rest of Harris County to look to.


Pictured from left to right:   Commander Skip Payne, Bailee Atencio, Kathy Nguyen, Bryan Wessinger, Michael Holzem, Temoore Raja, Emily Dunbar (not pictured)

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