YSU students win state Sputum Bowl, advance to nationals

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YSU respiratory care students, from the left, Karissa Kuneli, Taylor Opritza, Geoffrey Kubas and Deanna Robertson make up Team Pulmonary Penguins, which won the Ohio Society for Respiratory Care Sputum Bowl and now advance to the national contest in Las Vegas.

A group of four Youngstown State University students defeated teams from eight other universities and colleges to win the Ohio Society for Respiratory Care Sputum Bowl and will now compete in the national contest in Las Vegas.

“These students have demonstrated exemplary leadership through diligence, intelligence and dedication to the Respiratory field of study,” said Amanda Roby, YSU assistant professor of Respiratory Care and Polysomnography.

“I was proud of them for just ‘stepping up to the plate’ to compete at the state level. To have a student team going to nationals is a remarkable accomplishment.”

The YSU team, known as Team Pulmonary Penguins, consists of students Deanna Robertson of Poland, Ohio; Karissa Kuneli of Hubbard, Ohio; Geoffrey Kubas of Boardman, Ohio; and Taylor Opritza of Cortland, Ohio.

The Sputum Bowl is an academic competition that tests knowledge in the practice of Respiratory Care. The competition is set up similar to Jeopardy, yet instead of individuals, teams compete against one another. The competition utilizes moderators, judges and timekeepers who are all known experts in the field of respiratory care.

The state competition took place in Columbus earlier this summer. The National Sputum Bowl Competition is Dec. 8-12 in Las Vegas in conjunction with the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress.

“It is not easy to be a student and sit in front of a firing squad of known leaders in your profession,” Roby said about the competition. “Who am I kidding; it would not be easy for veterans in the field of respiratory either.”

For more information, contact Roby at 330-941-2630.