Council recognizes HOSA

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By Alison James
Associate Editor

Business as usual was the theme for Tuesday’s city council meeting, but six special guests were honored by Mayor Gary Fuller as part of the evening’s agenda.
The Opelika High’s HOSA Club,  Health Occupations Students of America, sent several students to the Alabama State HOSA Competition Feb. 26-27. The Bowl team, consisting of Chazden Blackmon, Taylor Watson, Abbey Rowe and Adriane King, took first place and qualified for the national competition in California.
Additionally, Breanna Burton placed second in Human Growth and Development and Yumi Oh placed third in Pharmacology.
According to hosa.org, HOSA is a national student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.
Fuller thanked these students for their excellent representation of Opelika, and OHS Principal Dr. Farrell Seymore likewise praised the students for their efforts.
“This is a lot of hard work and dedication that goes on months in advance,” Seymore said.
Each student received a certificate in recognition of his or her accomplishment.
The council also:
– approved requests for: a 5K run/walk; a lounge liquor retail license and retail beer on premise license for JB Billard and Snack; and a retail beer and wine off premise license for Hampton Inn and Suites,
– awarded bids for weed abatement, printer maintenance and the purchase of a pick-up truck for Public Works,
– approved a resolution to enlarge the soccer concession stand at the Sportsplex,
– dissolved the Tree Commission, and
– made an agreement with retired Command Mjr. Bennie Adkins for the loan of his bronze statue to be displayed at city hall.

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