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WCHS students show skill at crime scene investigation
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Students at Warren County High School proved to be the best in Middle Tennessee when it comes to crime scene investigation.
They captured first place in the category of forensic medicine during a conference held Tuesday at MTSU. The students who made the trip were affiliated with HOSA, which stands for Health Occupation Students of America.
“This is the biggest year we’ve had in a long time with 12 students placing,” said HOSA advisor Lequita Maxwell, a registered nurse. “By placing, those students will get to advance to state competition at Opryland Hotel.”
State competition is set for March 31 to April 2 in Nashville. Any student who finished in the top five in their category is eligible to advance.
As for the showing Tuesday at MTSU, the first-place finish in forensic medicine was the best of the day. Students had to analyze a crime scene to determine what happened to a student found dead behind bleachers.
The people responsible for the death tried to make it look like an accidental fall from the bleachers, but instead the student was kidnapped and killed elsewhere. The scene was staged to make it look like a fall.
WCHS students earned second place in the category of community emergency response. They were evaluated on their response to an accident scene with multiple patients.
“They had to determine which patients needed to be treated first and set up triages,” said Maxwell. “Some were severely bleeding and needed pressure dressings. Others needed CPR and there was one which was already dead.”
In other categories, WCHS placed fourth in parliamentary procedures, fourth in home health aid, and fifth in extemporaneous poster.
There were 20 Middle Tennessee high schools which competed in the day-long event.