COOLIDGE — School may be out for summer break, but that has not deterred a group of dedicated students from placing among the best of the best striving toward professional careers in a number of fields.

The news was announced by Superintendent Mike Glover at a meeting of the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology Governing Board last week.

Four students from CAVIT traveled to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the International Health Occupation Students of America leadership conference. Out of the four, three students earned top 10 honors on a national level. They were:

  • Raymond Bailey — bronze award in Job Seeking Skills
  • Jarumy Altamirano Soto — top 10 in Extemporaneous Writing
  • Hailey Simpson — top 10 in Dental Assistant

Glover said students must earn a gold medal at the state-level conference to attend the international conference.

Held June 19-22, the 42nd annual HOSA conference provided students with an opportunity to participate in a number of competitive events to test vocational skills they’ve learned over the course of their education.

In addition, another CAVIT student attended the National SkillsUSA Conference, held June 24-29 in Louisville, Kentucky. Maricopa High School student Vincent Latona earned a gold medal in the conference’s Internetworking national competition.

Latona is participating in the Internetworking program taught by Brad Chamberlain at MHS.

SkillsUSA works to provide students with more opportunities to become better skilled within their respective fields. The program serves more than 360,000 students around the country each year.