Kaskaskia College students representing the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Club and Club Sponsor Kevin Tenpenny recently traveled to Decatur to serve as Volunteer Competition Judges for the Illinois Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference.
This is the 15th year that students from the PTA Club volunteered to serve as Event Competition Judges during the Illinois HOSA State Leadership Conference. The HOSA event is a state-wide competition with hundreds of high school students in vocational education competing in various medical career related skills and knowledge events. The PTA Club has served this annual event almost every year since 1998 through the volunteering as event judges for scoring HOSA students in various competition categories.
Since joining the State Leadership event in 1998, the KC PTA Club has coordinated and conducted the annual physical therapy aide skills competition, as well as other events.
“This year was no exception”, states Professor Kevin Tenpenny, “The volunteers from the PTA Club once again demonstrated their professionalism and organization and conducted an excellent competition for HOSA. These ladies represented Kaskaskia College and the physical therapy profession with great dignity and friendly conduct.”
The PTA students also appreciated being in the role of skills judge for a change. Freshman PTA Natalie Watson said to be in the role of evaluator of someone else’s skills was “interesting and in some sense amusing.”
Those students who attended were Crystal Albers (Breese) Class of 2014, Kristen Logue (Salem) Class of 2015, Kelli Scott (Mulberry Grove) Class of 2015, Natalie Watson (Salem) Class of 2015, and Amanda Collier (Salem) Class of 2015, and TA Professor and Club Sponsor, Kevin Tenpenny.