QHS health science students showcase courses at consortium

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Four Quitman Health Science students, AnaBella Watson, Aleigh Farnham, Alyssa Creed, and Dalton Brandon, gave a presentation to other district administrators, teachers, and students Feb. 20 at the 2019 Piney East Perkins Spring Consortium Meeting and Student Showcase at the Union Grove Lion Center.

Each student highlighted course opportunities offered at Quitman High School.

AnaBella Watson’s presentation was on the Principles of Health Science and the Athletic Training Program. She discussed the program’s history and activities. She closed her presentation by stating, “Getting the word out about the Athletic Training program is important because it allows people the opportunity to learn more about the medical field and know that it’s not just being a doctor or nurse.”

Aleigh Farnham and Alyssa Creed presented on Health Science and Health Science with Clinicals at UT Health. This program allows the students to job-shadow at several local medical facilities in Quitman: UT Health Quitman Hospital, Christus Clinic Quitman, Quitman Chiropractic and Acupuncture, and Brookshire’s Pharmacy.

Creed commented, “Going to the showcase and having the chance to go through this program has been such an amazing experience.”

Dalton Brandon’s presentation was on the Pharmacy Technician course and Health Science Practicum. He discussed the depth of knowledge that the pharmacy course requires and some of the actual experiences he has encountered during his time in the program.

Brittany Emerson is the Health Science teacher and adviser for these students.

“We have a very unique Health Science program at Quitman. We have excellent partnerships with the healthcare facilities in our community, and we give our students many opportunities for certifications and trainings. All in preparation for a future career in the medical field,” she said. “I think it is important to present our program to other schools, so that we can all learn and grow from each other; ultimately benefiting all students.”

The Piney East Perkins Consortium serves 20 school districts in the East Texas area with its mission being to help school districts maximize career and technology educational opportunities for their students and being a resource for all involved in CTE.

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