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December 31, 2023

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Notre Dame Prep students excel at regional event sponsored by HOSA, a global student-led organization focused on empowering future health professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration and experience.

Notre Dame Prep students Maria Charaf, Erin Connelly, Alessa Atallah and Geralyn Nguyen competed in the HOSA regional conference on Dec. 16 at Troy High School. More photos below.

At the December 16 regional conference of HOSA, which is an international career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE, four members of Notre Dame Prep's HOSA chapter competed with three placing in the top eight and advancing to the state competition in April.

Alessa Atallah, a junior at NDP and one of the regional finalists, said the conference held at Troy High School was very competitive.

"All of the students had a wonderful experience and are looking forward to states, she said. "Congratulations to NDP's HOSA chapter!"

Sophomore Maria Charef (nutrition category), and juniors Erin Connelly (sports medicine), Geralyn Nguyen (physical therapy) and Atallah (health career photography) participated in the event. Connelly and Nguyen joined Atallah as regional finalists.

HOSA offers up to 82 competitive events, ranging from skill-based to leadership and team-based. The event groups are as follows: Health science, health professions, leadership, and recognition events. Members compete at the regional, state and international levels and those who place in the top three positions at the state level are given the opportunity to compete at the international level.

MORE ABOUT HOSA: HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA actively promotes career opportunities in the health industry and enhances the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to affiliate and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

Connelly, Atallah and Nguyen were finalists at the competition and will advance to the state conference in April.

HOSA members are primarily students interested in healthcare, but the organization is for anyone interested in professional development, community service and competition among peers.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School 
Notre Dame Preparatory School is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School's upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame Prep's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School, visit the school’s home page at