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DCSS students win big at international competition

The Dougherty County School Board recognized students on Monday night. (Source: WALB) The Dougherty County School Board recognized students on Monday night. (Source: WALB)
Together four students won first place in one of the categories. (Source: DCSS) Together four students won first place in one of the categories. (Source: DCSS)
Madison Blackmon won first place for her prepared speaking in the health topics category. (Source: WALB) Madison Blackmon won first place for her prepared speaking in the health topics category. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

A group of Dougherty County Students were recognized for their international achievements. 

Five students received plaques and a round of applause at the school board meeting on Monday night. 

All of the students went to Merry Acres Middle Magnet School of Medical Arts last year. 

The students competed in an international leadership conference in Orlando just a few weeks ago as part of a student group with a focus on health professions.

The group is called HOSA. It's an international student organization recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE.)

The group's mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. 

Each year members of the group gather for a HOSA International Leadership Conference.

After finishing in the top three at the state level, students in Dougherty County were invited to the conference. 

Together, Cinnamon Burroughs, Kelcey Stapleton, Jakerius Stubbs and Chaniyah Nelson won first place in the Public Health category at the international level.

Madison Blackmon won first place for her prepared speaking in the health topics category. 

"I feel like I represented Dougherty County very well and I'm happy they are honoring me and my fellow students for going to Orlando, competing and doing such a well job," said Blackmon.

Blackmon said she was happy to have just experienced the conference, let alone win. 

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