Two recent Mesquite ISD graduates, Ashlee Booth of Poteet and Sergio Gonzales of Mesquite High, both recently took first in their respective competition categories at the HOSA International Leadership Conference held in Orlando, June 19-22.
Booth took first in sport medicine and Gonzales won first in life support skills.
“I am humbled to have placed first at internationals after just a single year in competition and truly cannot wait to showcase my further talents in the future,” Booth said.
“To the best of my knowledge, MISD has never had a HOSA ILC Grand Champion, so to have two in one year is really amazing,” said James Rimmer, head instructor of MISD’s CTE sports medicine practicum. “Ashlee and Sergio are the best of the best at what they do, and they proved that this weekend. There is no one left for them to beat.”
He added that Booth is MISD’s first student to become a nationally certified personal trainer, an accomplishment she recently attained.
“I’m still in shock. It’s amazing to think I placed first at my first International Leadership Conference with the help of my amazing advisors,” Gonzales said.
They two were among more than 10,000 students competing in a wide range of contests for future health professionals judged by industry experts.