Cherokee health students earn state championship in Skills USA competition

Jeff Bobo • Apr 5, 2018 at 12:44 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Last month’s Skills USA competition results were released earlier this week with five Cherokee High School students earning the state championship in two different categories and a sixth student taking third place.

The Skills USA events were held March 18-21 at the Chattanooga Convention Center, and each of the winners is eligible to participate in the national competitions held in Louisville in June.

Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl

A team comprised of juniors Emily Snodgrass, Jordan Lawson, LeeAnna Blackburn and Sami Belcher earned a gold medal in the Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl.

Cherokee health science instructor Tommie Loudy told the Times News Tuesday that the Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl is a team event in which students answer health science questions covering various disorders, diagnostic tests, medications and healthcare procedures.

In addition to answering questions correctly, contestants were also required to spell their answers correctly.

“Two of the four students who competed in the event (Blackburn and Lawson) are currently on the officer team, so they exemplify leadership, dependability, responsibility, reliability and dedication to their studies,” Loudy said. “The other two students have taken several health sciences courses in the past, and these are well-rounded students taking duel enrollment and AP courses who are dedicated to their studies.”

Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

Cherokee’s other first place gold medal winner was senior Claire Roberson in the Health Occupations Professional Portfolio category.

The event consisted of compiling information into a portfolio pertaining to her healthcare educational and professional experiences and then making an oral presentation to judges along with the 50-page portfolio.

Loudie noted that Roberson’s greatest strength in that competition was the fact that she has a long list of accomplishments and awards, more than could fit on the maximum 50 pages allowed for the portfolio.

“She compiled information including a resume; three letters of recommendation; her awards, which were too many to list in entirety; and healthcare-related events that she has participated in,” Loudy said. “For example, she has been a longstanding volunteer with the Teen Pregnancy Crisis Center here in Rogersville. She had to provide documentation from her volunteer supervisor as well as exemplars from her work-based learning such as her clinical internship experience, job shadowing and the standards she was able to meet while in the work-based environment.”

First Aid/CPR

Another Cherokee student eligible to participate in the national competition is junior Dawson Walker, who earned a bronze medal in First Aid/CPR.

It was a two-part event consisting of a written test, followed by a series of five scenarios pertaining to basic life support or provision of first aid.

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