SouthWest Metro

SouthWest Metro EMT students who recently received honors include, front row, from left: Asa Barnard (Minnetonka), Max Hanninen (Chaska), Anna Braun (Jordan), and Jacob Donacik (Chaska); back row: McKenzie Magnus (Waconia), Ivan Recino Flores (Chaska), Emily Thompson (Jordan) and Allision Kuhlmann (Belle Plaine).

SouthWest Metro Intermediate District’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class attended the State HOSA (formerly known as Health Occupation Students of America) Conference in St. Cloud, March 28-30.

SouthWest Metro’s teams won first place in First Aid/CPR, EMT, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) competitions.

Minnesota HOSA will send up to three teams from each event to the International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Florida in June and many of the SouthWest Metro students qualify.

In addition to the competition, the eight participating students attended educational sessions and spoke with vendors at the event. Students had to adjust their schedules and prepare for the event by regularly coming to school early or staying after school to practice their skills and act in mock scenarios.

SouthWest Metro Intermediate District’s Medical Careers classes are a part of the Career and Technical Education program offered to the 11 local member districts, including Eastern Carver County Schools, Shakopee Schools, and Jordan Public Schools.

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Student winners in the Minnesota State HOSA Competition include:

Chaska High School

  • Jacob Donacik: 1st place EMT; 1st place CPR; 2nd place CERT
  • Max Hanninen: 1st place EMT; 1st place CPR; 2nd place CERT
  • Ivan Recinos Flores: 4th place CERT

Jordan High School

  • Emily Thompson: 1st place CERT
  • Anna Braun: 5th place CERT

Belle Plaine High School

  • Allison Kuhlmann: 1st place CERT

Minnetonka High School

  • Asa Barnard: 4th place CERT

Waconia High School

  • McKenzie Magnus: 5th place CERT

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.


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