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Princeton students capture state awards

Making the trip to Greensboro for the state HOSA Leadership Conference were, from left, Tyler Ricks, Dawn Fader, Jaclyn Farrior, Altheia Balageo, Casey Huffman, Megan Evans and Austin Holland.
Making the trip to Greensboro for the state HOSA Leadership Conference were, from left, Tyler Ricks, Dawn Fader, Jaclyn Farrior, Altheia Balageo, Casey Huffman, Megan Evans and Austin Holland. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Princeton High School students brought home awards from the 39th HOSA Leadership Conference, held in Greensboro. HOSA is short for Health Occupations Students of America.

Six Princeton students earned the Barbara James Service Award for performing 100 hours or more of community service. They were Altheia Balageo, Savannah Blackwell, Dawn Fader, Jaclyn Farrior, Casey Huffman and Tyler Ricks.

Balageo accepted the first-place award for in Outstanding HOSA Chapter. She was responsible for documenting the club’s activities over the course of the year. Separately, Farrior placed first in the HOSA Happening Event.

Princeton earned the Gold Star Chapter Award for participation in local, state and national service projects. Pat Deese, HOSA adviser at Princeton, received the Gold Star Chapter Adviser Award.

“Ms. Deese does just an outstanding job with her HOSA students,” said Princeton Principal Kirk Denning. “She is always trying to push her students, and she is very dedicated to helping her students be successful. She provides her HOSA students with many life experiences and learning opportunities through their participation with HOSA activities.”

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