North Kitsap's Foster takes first in National Sports Medicine Competition

POULSBO — Students in the North Kitsap High School Athletic Medicine program yet again have reason to celebrate.

Over the last two weeks, the students competed in the National Sports Medicine Competition, finishing fourth as a team.

Along with the top team finish, Lindsey Foster finished first.

The students competed in the Jaybird & Mais Division. The division was one of three and designated for schools with enrollments of 1,000-1,999 students.

Foster earned a score of 78.733 for first. Abbey Swanson took 15th with a score of 70.982. The other seven who competed include: Jennifer Lovato, 29th (68.000); Ashley Mueller, 42nd (66.222); Amanda Ladner, 48th (65.611); Hannah Johnson, 53rd (65.179); Jocelynn Right, 57th (63.556); April McCabe, 73rd (61.991); Colleen Mitchell, 87th (59.641).

The team scored 65.148, finishing behind La Canada, Coronado and Reedley high schools. La Canada finished first. Yelm High School finished fifth behind North.

Wenatchee High School is the National Grand Champion. The team scored 74.822 in the Cramer Division.

There were 11 teams in the Jaybird division and 165 students.

The competition included 250 questions, in an exam taken online. Students had two hours to complete the exam, which included true/false, multiple choice, matching, or identification format.

Questions were taken from areas of sports medicine: First Aid and CPR; emergency procedures; medical terminology; legal issues; physiology; anatomy/evaluation techniques.

There was also a video practical, which was administered to the top 10 individual finalists.

Students with the 25 highest point totals in each division are named "High School All-Americans," with a championship award.

The students with the three highest point totals for each division will also receive a college scholarship award provided by the division's sponsor.

The top finish in the National competition follows a second place finish at the State Sports Medicine Competition about one month ago. A total of 40 schools participated at State.

The team earned a combined 1,478 points and Lindsey Foster, Hannah Johnson and Amanda Ladner all took first in individual tests.


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