July 5, 2022


Holland, MI- Sierra Kamphuis, a recent Careerline Tech Center (CTC) Dental Careers student and Jenison High School graduate, placed third in the Dental Science competition at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville, Tennessee June 22-25.

CTC students at HOSA competition Paige Callahan Sierra

Overall, 10,500 students competed in 73 events at the international conference. Zeeland High School graduate and recent Careerline Tech Center Dental Careers student Paige Gregory also competed.

Denise Callaghan, Dental Careers instructor for CTC, said receiving a bronze medal at this level of competition is a huge accomplishment. “Competing in HOSA is a big commitment that requires a lot of additional work,” Callahan said. “Being able to watch a student’s confidence grow, seeing them believe in themself, working alongside them and then to see them on stage in front of 12,000 people was a dream come true!”

Kamphuis said she’s grateful she was able to compete in HOSA and make it to the international level. “I wouldn’t have made it without the support and encouragement from the people around me,” she said. “I loved being able to make new friendships and strengthen current ones along the way. I learned working hard pays off!” 

Operated by Ottawa Area ISD, Careerline Tech Center prepares high school juniors and seniors for tomorrow's workforce by providing career and technical education in more than 25 career areas. CTC serves students from public and private high schools, as well as those who are homeschooled, within the following local school districts: Allendale, Coopersville, Grand Haven, Hamilton, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Saugatuck, Spring Lake, West Ottawa, and Zeeland. www.CareerlineTech.org   

For more information, contact Michelle Ready at (616) 738-8940 Ext. 4093  mready@oaisd.org