Wildcat Medical Students Earn Top Honors at AACI National Sports Medicine Competition

Brea Olinda High School’s Wildcat Medical program has received national recognition by the American Academic Competition Institute (AACI) after competing in the fourth annual National High School Sports Medicine Competition Championships that took place May 9 - May 31. 

The competition took place online with Brea Olinda High School earning fourth place in the Mueller Division and eighth place overall with Nikolaus Yamamoto earning an All American Award placing 15th in the top 25 for individuals.  

The winners were announced publicly on May 31 in a video announcement posted on YouTube. AACI's goal is to give students from across the nation an opportunity to excel in their chosen area of study via an online competition. AACI developed the online National High School Sports Medicine Championship to help test and celebrate student knowledge in Sports Medicine & Athletic Training.

Eligible schools were those who had placed in the top 10 (of their respective division) at any regional Sports Medicine Competition, which Brea Olinda did so during a regional competition in March. This qualified them to compete in the National competition, said BOHS Athletic Trainer and Patient Care Pathway Instructor Kenneth McCall.

“Back in March, eight of my students went to Cal State University Northridge for a regional AACI Sports Medicine Competition. We entered the small division for schools competing with five to 14 students and out of 21 schools that competed, we placed third qualifying us to compete in Nationals,” McCall said. 

The national competition was held online and tested a variety of topics including first aid and CPR, emergency procedures, medical terminology, legal issues, physiology, anatomy and evaluation techniques and more.

Students participating in the Patient Care Pathway program at Brea Olinda High School learn academic and technical skills needed to pursue a career in health science and medical technology. First year students are enrolled in medical careers learning the fundamentals of patient care while second year students enroll in sports medicine and therapy. To learn more about the Patient Care Pathway program visit https://bohs.bousd.us/apps/pages/patientcare

Congratulations to all students who competed in the national competition. Read AACI’s press release here.