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Herkimer BOCES Health Science Careers students receive recognitions

July 25, 2018



Student Kathryn Nellis with teacher and teaching assistant


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Health Science Careers student Kathryn Nellis won third place in extemporaneous writing at a HOSA-Future Health Professionals conference during the 2017-18 school year. Nellis poses wearing her third-place medal with Herkimer BOCES Health Science Careers teaching assistant Victoria Hauser (left) and Health Science Careers instructor Christe Zambri (right).






Two Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Health Science Careers seniors received special honors during the 2017-18 school year.

Kathryn Nellis, of Herkimer Central School District, won third place in extemporaneous writing at a HOSA-Future Health Professionals conference that took place from April 17-19 in Liverpool. David Pickett, of Little Falls City School District, was selected as an Observer-Dispatch Teen All-Star and attended a breakfast presentation on May 22 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.

The 2016-17 school year was the first time Herkimer BOCES Health Science Careers students attended the HOSA conference.

“The then-junior students that attended set a goal with me that as seniors they would do their best to make sure we would walk away with at least one medal, and we did,” Health Science Careers instructor Christe Zambri said. “I was very proud as it taught them that they can reach their goals if they work hard.”

For the extemporaneous writing competition, Nellis wrote about the speakers that students heard at the HOSA conference and about the Herkimer BOCES Health Science Careers program. Her writing was titled “Enriching Your Present.”

All of the Health Science Careers students who attended also benefited from the experience, Zambri said.

“While there, they had opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills as well as the nursing skills that they have learned here in Health Science Careers,” Zambri said. “One of the biggest lessons they walked away with is the importance of planning and organization.”

For the Teen All-Star recognition, Pickett was nominated by Zambri, Valley Health Services Director of Nursing Melissa Ippolito and the staff from the unit where Pickett did work at Valley Health Services.

“We all thought that he is a mature, dedicated, hard-working individual who has shown tremendous growth over the past two years,” said Ippolito, who is also a registered nurse.

“We also thought that he has unlimited potential and has set realistic goals,” Zambri said. “He wants to someday become a diabetic educator or pediatric nurse. He will no doubt succeed in whichever path he chooses.”





Student David Picket with Health Science Instructor Christe Zambri


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Health Science Careers student David Pickett poses with Health Science Careers instructor Christe Zambri after receiving an Observer-Dispatch Teen All-Star award on May 22 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.





Student David Pickett posing with his Teen-All Star award


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Health Science Careers student David Pickett poses with his Observer-Dispatch Teen All-Star award on May 22 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.






Student Kathryn Nellis's HOSA medal for third place


The HOSA-Future Health Professionals third-place medal won by Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Health Science Careers student Kathryn Nellis.