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HWS EMS Wins Big at National Skills Competition

For the second consecutive year, the HWS EMS team brought home the second-place trophy in the Stryker Skills Classic.

After competing in medical, trauma and team building scenarios at the national Stryker Skills Classic, members of HWS EMS finished second place among more than 19 colleges and universities.

The competition, held this year in Pittsburgh, Pa., allows Emergency Medical Service teams to work together to test their capabilities in various scenarios such as car accidents, cardiac arrests and diabetic emergencies, skills related to their duties when working on campus. HWS EMS has 15 members; on average they respond to 200 calls each academic year. Their advisers include Associate Vice President of Campus Safety Martin Corbett and former HWS Trustee Dr. Jeremy T. Cushman ’96.

“The medical and trauma scenarios mimic real life calls with injuries and life threating conditions that need immediate treatment,” says Chief of Service Garrett Noone ’22. “Our team’s successful performance shows how a small agency can beat out large schools, with more than 100 members, purely out of talent. I am incredibly proud of our agency that works day in and day out to protect the HWS community.” 

In addition to Noone, seven HWS members attended the Stryker Skills Class including Captain of Operations David Zizzi ’23, Sgt. of PR, Recruitment and Advancement Brynn Bushey ’22, incoming Lt. of Safety and Training Katie Crandall ’25, incoming Chief of Service Alex Davidson ’24, incoming Lt. of Personnel Marlayna Difante ’24, General Member Taylor Gauthier ’24 and incoming Sgt. of PR, Recruitment and Advancement Ashley Aronson ’24.

“I am very proud of our HWS EMS team for how well they performed during the Stryker Skills Classic competition. Their performance is indicative of the high level of skill they bring to patient care as they respond to medical calls on campus in support of our campus community,” says Corbett.

Difante, a biochemistry major who plans to attend medical school, says “the most rewarding part was watching all of us come together and perform successfully as a team.”

Davidson, a biochemistry major and English minor, who plans to become an orthopedic surgeon, says she “decided to get involved with HWS EMS because I wanted to do something that benefits our HWS community while working in a field I’m extremely passionate about.”

While intending to go to law school, Aronson, a religious studies major, says “the skills and the life experience I have gained will definitely help me in whatever future endeavors I partake in.”

HWS EMS is made up entirely of student volunteers and has been operating on campus since August 2008. The Stryker Skills Classic was offered in part by the greater National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation.