Berlin student wins big at the international health conference in Florida

Berlin student Kirsten Goyette with her instructor Amy Blanchette at the Health Occupations Students of America International Conference in Orlando, Florida. Goyette came in seventh out of about 10,000 students. (COURTESY PHOTO)

BERLIN — Berlin student, Kristen Goyette, completed her Health Science Technology/Nursing Assistant course at Berlin High School in June 2019. A week later she flew to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Health Occupations Students of America International Conference. The HOSA is the largest health care organization with approximately 10,000 students at this year’s conference in Florida.

Goyette won first place back in March at the HOSA State competition in her event titled “Home Health Aide,” and has been preparing since March for the international competition. She had to complete a written test along-side approximately 180 students. The top percentage moved on to round two and Goyette was among that top percentage. She then took a bus to a “secret location” where she had to complete patient care skills in front of a panel of judges.

At the closing ceremony, Goyette was called onstage with the top 10 finishers. Goyette came in seventh place.

“Getting to move onto round two is huge, said instructor Amy Blanchette. “In my eyes that’s a winner. For Kristen to get called onstage – I never thought I would have a student get that far – the competition is fierce. I am very proud of her.”

Goyette is now attending college at the University of New Hampshire studying Biology.

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