Diman student earns delayed medal at SkillsUSA Nationals
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Amarantes' medal and award being presented by Oliveira, Berube, and Cabucio. School Committee members Jeffrey Begin, Donald DiBiasio, Paul Jennings, and Thomas Chace look on
Hannah Amarantes was done with SkillsUSA, but SkillsUSA wasn’t done with her. A 2016 Diman graduate, Amarantes had competed in this summer’s SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, where she had earned a strong-but-heartbreaking fourth place finish in the Medical Terminology contest.
That fourth place finish turned into a bronze medal in September when SkillsUSA reviewed the competition and determined that she had, indeed, earned third place.
“I was devastated at first, but I felt better afterwards.” explained Amarantes of her fourth place finish.
Amarantes has since matriculated into the Honors Nursing Program at UMass Dartmouth and had move past the competition.
“To find out that I actually earned bronze was exciting,” she grinned. “I’m just disappointed that I didn’t get to go up on the podium and be in the picture with the other winners.”
Diman SkillsUSA Advisors Karl Cabucio and Michael Oliveira, as well as her SkillsUSA shop advisor Cynthia Berube, presented Amarantes her bronze medal at the October 13 school committee meeting. In addition to her medal, Amarantes also earned gift cards from Lowes, Staples, and Best Buy.
The medal increases Diman’s medal count from the convention to 13.
The purpose of the Medical Terminology contest is to evaluate the knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations of an individual preparing for employment in the health occupation field and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism.
This contest involved the successful completion of a written medical terminology knowledge test. Content for the test is based on the Core Standards from the National Health Care Core Skills Standards Project.
Contestants demonstrated knowledge of medical word roots, prefixes, suffixes, medical word building, and medical abbreviations by successfully answering the questions.