Health Occupations Students Participate in State Leadership Conference

Published: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Posted on March 8, 2017 - Several Minooka Community High School students currently studying health occupations at the Grundy Area Vocational Center (GAVC) in Morris competed against 1,400 students from across the state at the Illinois Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference from March 1st through 3rd in Decatur.

Seven MCHS students finished in the top ten of their respective competition category, including:

  • senior Rachel Weck: Healthcare Issues Exam - 7th Place
  • senior Dayjha Stanciel: Medical Spelling - 7th Place
  • junior Samantha Martin: Nursing Assisting - 3rd Place
  • junior Celeste Seidel and senior Lilian Bartkowiak: CPR/First Aid - 7th Place
  • senior Holly Mathews: CPR/First Aid - 9th Place
  • seniors Stephanie Perez and Dayjha Stanciel: Public Health - 10th Place

MCHS congratulates these students on their success at the state conference.

GAVC offers students an opportunity to explore potential careers that would have a significant impact on their success after high school. GAVC strives to promote academic excellence and lifelong learning among its students by addressing six quality areas of learning:

  • Integration of core academic skills
  • Classroom instruction
  • Hands-on laboratory instruction
  • Work-based learning
  • Personal & leadership development
  • Relationships with partners (business, industry, community, and post-secondary)

It is GAVC’s belief that addressing these six areas will lead to a multitude of experiences for students that will assist them in making the connection between education and the real world, thus educating the whole child.

To learn more about GAVC, please visit

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