Toni Passarelli from High School East competed at the state-level competition for New Jersey Health Occupations Students of America in Middlesex County March 18. The competition is open to all high school students as well as post-secondary students who are going into or are already in the medical field. Toni's participation in the competition was supported and promoted through her Medical Assisting program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School.

The NJHOSA consists of regional, state, and international competitions. At each, there is an administrative test that must be taken and passed with a certain grade, and then a clinical skills test follows. At the end of the two tests, the judges average the two grades together, and participants with the highest average get a placement. Toni placed third place at regionals, where she competed against 28 other students in New Jersey, and she earned first place at states, where she competed against 11 other NJ students.

This summer Toni will continue on to the international competition in Dallas, Texas, where she will compete against students throughout the country. If Toni wins at the International Conference, she will receive a scholarship to any medical program she chooses to attend in the near future. Good luck, Toni!