Julia Minton of Clayton was the national winner in pathophysiology at the 2013 national HOSA conference in Nashville, Tenn. HOSA is short for Health Occupation Students of America.
Minton received a gold medal for her efforts. She was only one of two students from North Carolina to place first in the country in individual events.
A student at South Johnston High School, Minton gave credit to her advisers, Audrey Massengill and Elizabeth Hodges, and her principal, Eddie Price. “The teachers and administration at South Johnston High School have been very encouraging and supportive” she said.
Price said: “I am not sure I have met a student with such determination and drive. Julia’s ambition is not without a plan either. She entered South Johnston with a career path and objectives to be accomplished prior to graduation. Add that she is a remarkably intelligent student, and this accomplishment is seemingly expected. If I know Julia as I think I do, she will look to see if there is another category in which to compete, or at least a higher level division.
“I do think it is noteworthy to add that Julia is a friend of all. She is considerate and caring, and she always wears a smile. Julia is polite and respectful as well. She is a one-in-a-million student.”
Minton, a senior, is the daughter of Tim and Susan Minton.
The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of students.