Ella Bishop, a biomedical science student at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (CATE Center) and also a student at Chapin High School, recently won first place at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals national competition in the area of Health Care Photography.
She received the award in Orlando at the HOSA International Leadership Conference. Nearly 9,800 students competed in 71 different competition events during the conference.
H. O. S. A. stands for Health Occupations Students of America. Their mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry, and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
“To prepare for the event, I had to spend a day at Prisma Health Parkridge Hospital taking pictures,” said Ella Bishop. “I took over 1,000 pictures total, so the next step was narrowing it down to just three. I then edited them and had to compress the files so that I could submit them. Then I had to write a narrative description of each of the careers I photographed and I had to get all the release forms signed.”
Bishop shadowed Stephan Wessinger, a surgical video systems engineer at Prisma Health during the project. She chose pictures of an obstetrician/gynecologist surgeon, a diagnostic medical sonographer, and a medical laboratory technologist.
“I chose them because they are all very different but very important parts of the medical field,” Bishop said. “The professionals I photographed all play a major role in diagnosing and treating patients.”
“We couldn’t be more proud of Ella,” said Julie Krusen, The Center’s HOSA co-advisor. “It is quite an accomplishment to qualify to go to Internationals, and even more amazing accomplishment to place at ILC, because the competition is fierce. Ella’s hard work and dedication, along with her award winning personality combined to obtain The Center’s first student to place at HOSA Internationals.”