CCS students address OneZone for State of the Schools presentation

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The superintendents of Carmel Clay Schools and Hamilton Southeastern Schools turned their annual state of the school presentation to the OneZone luncheon over to the students.

Carmel High School students discussed their participation in HOSA, an organization for future health professionals, in one presentation Sept. 11.

The organization originally stood for Health Occupations Students of America but was rebranded to HOSA to encompass a larger international group.

“HOSA prepares our school and our club members to compete at the international and state-level competitions,” senior Viha Bynagari said. “It also prepares anybody interested in a career in the health field for different events and categories that would correlate to these events.”

Bynagari, a three-year member of the club and president, said the opportunity to speak in front of OneZone was special.

“We’ve already had two or three businesses that have talked to us (about opportunities),” said Bynagari, who plans to study neuroscience in college. “It’s helpful because if we can get our students working in the community, we also can bring these business professionals into our club meetings to help our club members prepare for the events.”

Three members of the CHS robotics team, TechHOUNDS, made a presentation on what the group does.

“We are personally responsible for running this group,” TechHOUNDS member Drew Sanchez said. “To manage such a large group and to allow each student to pursue their specific interests, we have divided our team into six different divisions. Each of the divisions contributed to the robot or the overall operation of the team in their own unique way. They also contributed to the overall success of the team.”

The divisions include robot operations, public relations, programming electrical, information technology and construction.

Carmel Clay Schools Supt. Michael Beresford told OneZone members four things they can do to help students.

“You can be a guest speaker,” Beresford said. “You can volunteer and help students working on a project. You can attend events. You can share your time.”

The second option is for chamber members to offer internships or externships.

“An internship is a long-term (commitment) where you could bring the students into your business and let them work in your field,” Beresford said. “We have kids who are interested in everything. They are interested in things you don’t even know about and I don’t even understand. Externships will be a shorter version of that, maybe two weeks.”

The third way is to stay informed about the school district’s various aspects, such as curriculum, activities, food service and transportation.

“There are a lot of things going on. The more you learn, you can also inform others,” Beresford said. “No. 4 is to tell others about (this presentation) and other positive experiences. The last one is to thank a teacher and thank a custodian. As a matter of fact, call the transportation office, those guys never get anyone to thank them.”

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