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WCHS graduates bound for California
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“California, Here I Come” crooned Al Jolson back in the 1920s. The popular tune almost became the state song.Alhough recent WCHS graduates Lauren Hunt, Jenna Mayfield and Katie Wanamaker have probably never heard it, they might want to at least learn the chorus, since it’s going to have some significance for them this week.The three young ladies will be heading to the Golden State to participate in the national Health Occupations Students of America competition in Anaheim on June 21-26.The focus of this year’s contest is creative problem solving, and the girls have already competed at the regional and state level, where they placed fourth out of around 30 teams. Normally only the top three finishers get to go to the nationals, but since at least one of those teams opted not to make the trip, the local team got bumped up and became eligible.What followed was a round of fundraising to acquire the money to make the long journey cross country, which came to around $6,000, according to Cappi Jones, one of the HOSA advisors.