Senior Noelle Matese Earns 1st Place In State Health Science Competition

Senior Noelle Matese won first place in the state of Florida’s HOSA competition the weekend of March 30. HOSA, an international student organization, aims to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people.

Matese and Sophomore Molly Friend placed in the top 3 of the regional HOSA competition in January at Keiser University. The two competed in the category of “Job Seeking Skills,” which required them to apply for a job in medicine. They had to write a cover letter, fill out an application, and have a job interview.

Faculty Advisor Amanda Pierman says this is the first time Benjamin has competed in HOSA and is thrilled that the pair made it so far.
Noelle is an incredible student. She is personable, calm and a ‘well-put together package.’ She excels academically, socially, and personally. Both her parents are doctors and her elder sister is studying to be a doctor. The medical gene runs strongly in her family!” says Pierman.

Pierman says Molly, like Noelle is an incredible student and “delightful young lady full of enthusiasm and gumption.”

“I love that her first words to me when she got back were, "that was an incredible experience and I can't wait for next year,” said Pierman.

Pierman says other students also competed in the regional competition in categories including medical terminology, dental terminology, medical reading, and photography. HOSA hosts over 50 categories in which students can compete.

Matese will now move on to the International Competition in Orlando, Florida in June.

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