UH Hilo students won first place for a public service announcement on bone marrow donations

Close to two-dozen University of Hawaiʻi health care students from four different campuses earned top honors in various event categories at the 17th annual Hawaiʻi HOSA—Future Health Professionals Virtual State Leadership Conference held February 28–March 4. The international organization, formerly known as the American Health Occupations Education Student Organization, specializes in empowering students to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration and experience.

UH Mānoa

  • Marielle Cendana, first place, behavioral health
  • Shayla Hanaoka, second place, behavioral health
  • Brycen Kawamoto, first place, CPR/first aid
  • Rei Koinuma, first place, CPR/first aid
  • Sophia Shea, second place, epidemiology
  • Katrina Mae Tolentino, first place, medical law and ethics
  • Chelsea Nguyen, first place, medical math
  • Princess Jena Santiago, first place, pharmacology
  • Jasci-Ann Fikany, first place, researched persuasive writing and speaking

UH Hilo

Two smiling students
Image from the UH Hilo bone marrow PSA
  • Ariell Siliado, first place, epidemiology
  • Daniel Kimura, second place, medical terminology
  • Samuel Garcia, first place, public service announcement
  • Aion Kaneko, first place, public service announcement
  • Christian Lopez, first place, public service announcement
  • Travis Makana Taylor, first place, public service announcement
  • Jennifer Nakano, second place, researched persuasive writing and speaking

Kapiʻolani Community College

  • Kaeleen Lyman, first place, medical assisting
  • Rency Mae Oria, second place, medical assisting
  • Mai Reinvald, first place, medical terminology
  • Krizzle Pagala, third place, medical terminology

UH West Oʻahu

  • Kiri Hirota, first place, cultural diversities and disparities in healthcare

HOSA’s virtual conference hosted more than 900 student participants from Hawaiʻi ranging from middle school, high school and college levels.

The UH HOSA teams will compete at the 45th annual HOSA International Leadership Conference, June 22–25, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.