Cullman High medical students excel at state HOSA competition

Cullman High School medical students and faculty are, left to right/bottom to top (row one), Isabella McEachern, Olivia Hudson, Jessie Godbee, Natalee Witcher, Carly Starnes, Morgan Smith, Diana Garcia (row two) William Lowery, Garrett Hall, Della Kelly, Emma Murphree, Stacey Tankersley - instructor, Eglantine Desnoes; (row three) Caroline Sandlin, Kennedy Kruger; (row four) Andrew Conway, Ruby Hudson, Elizabeth Quick; and (row five) Townley Cornelius, Taleah Sadler, Carson Riley, Destiny Belcher, Sophia Hudson. Not Pictured are Gracie Barksdale, Mimi Lunsford and Abby Morrow. (Photo courtesy of Stacey Tankersley)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Twenty-five Cullman High School students competed at the HOSA- Future Health Professionals Spring Leadership Conference in Montgomery Feb. 21. 

Cullman High School Health Science instructor Stacey Tankersley was proud to report that 25 of her students qualified to compete through preliminary testing. Those students include Gracie Barksdale, Destiny Belcher, Andrew Conway, Townley Cornelius, Eglantine Desnoes, Diana Garcia, Jessie Godbee, Garrett Hall, Olivia Hudson, Ruby Hudson, Sophia Hudson, Della Kelly, Kennedy Kruger, William Lowery, Mimi Lunsford, Isabella McEachern, Abby Morrow, Emma Murphree, Elizabeth Quick, Carson Riley, Taleah Sadler, Caroline Sandlin, Morgan Smith, Carly Starnes and Natalee Witcher.

At the competition last week, several students took individual awards, including: 

  • Will Lowery first place – Medical Assisting
  • Carson Riley second place – Medical Assisting
  • Sophia Hudson second place – Epidemiology
  • Drew Conway second place – Dental Science 
  • The following placed in the top six in their respective categories: 
    • Elizabeth Quick – Medical Assisting
    • Eglantine Desnoes – Epidemiology
    • Kennedy Kruger – Physical Therapy
    • Jessie Godbee – Medical Spelling
    • Morgan Smith – Human Growth & Development
    • Della Kelly – Medical Reading.


Tankersley told The Tribune, “This group of students worked very hard in and outside of the classroom to prepare for competition, and represented Cullman High School well! We are very proud of all they have accomplished.”

When she posted photos from the competition to social media, Tankersley said, “I am most proud of the character, support and love these students show for one another each and every day. These faces are a few of my greatest blessings.”

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