You’re The Cure advocate Gladdys Arboleda earned her first visit to the U.S. mainland when she and her high school team mate, Garrett Cho, recently placed first in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state competition in Hawaii. She will be competing in the national competition scheduled in late June at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Gladdys, a high school senior, is a member of her school’s Health Academy and is planning college training to pursue a career in nursing. Throughout this year, as part of her required senior project, she has been active as an AHA volunteer focused on educating the public about the role that overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages play in obesity.
“For the HOSA competition we were tested on knowledge and skills related to CPR and first aid using the AHA’s guidelines,” Gladdys explained. “My partner Garrett and I competed against 15 other teams from throughout Hawaii. We dedicated time several times a week to prepare for the competition and received guidance from our HOSA advisor Shawn Mashino, who also teaches clinical health and directed health studies at our school. I’m really excited that our efforts paid off with a first place finish. I’m even more excited to be making my first trip to a Disney park.”
While her senior project is nearing completion, Gladdys has expressed interest in continuing as an AHA volunteer after high school graduation, noting that the AHA’s work aligns with her career goals.
Good luck Gladdys and Garrett at the national competition!