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Careerline Tech Center students advance to national competition

Tribune Staff • Apr 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Three students in the Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center (CTC) Dental Careers qualified for the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) National Leadership Conference during the state conference, which was held March 22 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids.

Grand Haven High School senior Jaela Norkoli placed in Dental Terminology, while Zeeland West High School senior Abby Bouathong and junior Michelle Meiste from Grand Haven High School placed in Dental Science.

All three will compete at the 2018 National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, from June 25-28.

“All our students worked incredibly hard, learned how to dress and act professionally, and represented CTC very well,” said Denise Callaghan, Dental Careers instructor for CTC. “I am so proud of them all and looking forward to Dallas.”

Overall, 10 CTC Dental Program students qualified for the state competition, with eight of those students placing in the top 10. More than 3,000 student members from more than 120 HOSA chapters gathered from across the state to test their knowledge against Michigan's best and brightest members.

Competitors who placed first, second or third won the right to represent Michigan at HOSA's 2018 International Leadership Conference in Dallas.

Operated by Ottawa Area ISD, Careerline Tech Center prepares high school juniors and seniors for tomorrow's workforce by providing career and technical education in more than 25 career areas.

CTC serves students from public and private high schools, as well as those who are homeschooled, within the following local school districts: Allendale, Coopersville, Grand Haven, Hamilton, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Saugatuck, Spring Lake, West Ottawa and Zeeland.

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