COPPERAS COVE — More than 1,100 students and advisors converged on Copperas Cove High School Friday for the Health Occupations Students of America Area 5 Spring Leadership Conference.

The opening session, held at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on Friday afternoon, had the energy of a pep rally. Students got up and danced as a DJ played music, and they cheered when their schools were recognized.

Among those schools, which cover territory from the Arlington/Fort Worth area south to Central Texas, were Harker Heights High School, KISD Career Center and Belton High School.

Later in the day, the students rode buses to Copperas Cove High.

There, the students engaged in a variety of health-related competitions.

The students created displays and posters, took photos and wrote public service announcements during one section of the competition. They practiced interviewing skills and debated biomedical topics, used their clinical nursing and life support skills in others.

Health Occupations Students of America is a national organization that helps students wishing to pursue health-related careers to develop leadership qualities, improve communications skills and network with health care professionals and peers with similar goals.

The competition and meetings continue Saturday.

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