BCCC students compete for the gold

The Barnwell County Career Center sent 16 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) students to the S.C. State HOSA Conference at the North Charleston Convention Center March 13-15.
The students competed in events, attended workshops, visited health care vendors and made college contacts.
Team members Amanda Bodiford from Barnwell High School and Kailyn Williams from Williston-Elko High School placed third in the Forensic Medicine Event, while Alexia Wiggins from Barnwell High placed third in the Medical Law and Ethics Knowledge Test Event.
Bryce Burton, a third year Health Science student and senior at Williston-Elko High School, helped lead the conference as the State Vice President. He also received a $1,000 S.C. HOSA Scholarship in memory of Barbara James through the South Carolina Scholarship Program.
Burton, the son of Beverly Burton of Williston and Stuart Burton of Martinez, Ga., plans to attend Georgia Southern University in the fall to become a registered nurse with a focus toward Emergency Room Trauma Medicine. He was also selected as the 2012 Outstanding HOSA member for his Barnwell HOSA Chapter due to his devotion and dedication to the local and state HOSA organization.
He has acquired his South Carolina Certified Nursing Assistant license and will be eligible to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam in June to become a nationally certified Pharmacy Technician.
"The career center has enabled me to get a jumpstart on my career and experience real life situations with actual patients," said Burton.
HOSA advisors Debbie Dicks and Wren Wilson said they are going to miss Burton when he graduates, but know he will do well in college and beyond. "On rare occasion, we come across a student who exemplifies the attributes of an excellent leader and role model for all of his peers. He has showcased our HOSA chapter in the classroom, school board meetings, School Improvement meetings, career fairs and in the community. Bryce turns on his charm with his warm smile and winning personality," they said in a statement.
Two other students also received scholarships.
Lauren Elizabeth Hutto, a third year Health Science student and senior at WEHS, was the recipient of a $1,000 South Carolina Health Science Educators Scholarship through the S.C. HOSA Scholarship Program. She was also selected in 2012 as the Outstanding Barnwell County Career Student of the Year by the BCCC faculty.
Lauren is the daughter of Lisa and Jason Hutto of Williston and plans to attend Charleston Southern University in the fall to become a registered nurse.
Jordan Elizabeth O'Neal received a $500 S.C. Health Science Educators Scholarship award through the S.C. HOSA Scholarship Program. The second year Health Science student and Barnwell High School senior plans to attend Clemson University in the fall to become a nurse practitioner.
O'Neal is the daughter of Sara and Sam O'Neal of Barnwell. She was selected by her advisors as the 2013 Outstanding HOSA member for her Barnwell HOSA Chapter for her devotion to the Health Science Program.