On June 19th 2023, school history occurred for Glenda Dawson High School. The Glenda Dawson Student Athletic Training Aid Program traveled to Stephenville, TX to compete in the Texas Athletic Trainers Association (TSATA) State Student Athletic Training Aid Competition at Tarleton State University. In its inaugural year of the competition, schools had to qualify by placing in the top three in their own regional competitions. Unlike other state competitions, athletic training competitions are not separated by student population divisions like UIL, meaning all schools competing against each other were not of the same size. The schools competing were also representing their own divisional regions dictated by the TSATA. This past April, Dawson High School captured their fourth Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society (GHATS) Quiz Bowl Championship Title, resulting in Dawson wining their regional qualifier and heading to the state competition as one of twenty seven schools within the state of Texas who qualified.
The state competition was comprised of three rounds. Round one was a digital test that was scored based on right and wrong answers, as well as the speed of a team’s answer. Round one test questions was comprised of general sports medicine, anatomy, and sports injuries, all things that the student aids learn during their time with the program. Dawson High School dominated the competition placing first overall in this round, setting the standard high for the rest of the competition. Round two was another digital test with increased difficultly with more in-depth anatomy and general medical terminology, as well as adding common diseases and emergency situations. Dawson came in tied for second in this round. The final round was a skills competition comprised of four individual student skills and one all-team skill that needed to be demonstrated. Each individual skill had to be completed by a different student and points were awarded by a judge for how well the skill was executed. Dawson received a nearly perfect combined score for the overall third round, securing them the state championship.
This team state championship is the first in Glenda Dawson High School history. Glenda Dawson High School is a prestigious campus with many athletic, academic, and fine arts success to award many state finalists and individual state champions, but a team state title has eluted the campus until this summer. The Glenda Dawson Student Athletic Training Aid Program has secured the first ever team state title in schools short fourteen year history. The State Championship team is comprised of senior student Vanessa Martinez Ruiz, junior student Omar Mohammad, and sophomore students Haile Pamoja, Laila Groves, Mustafa Madinnawala, and Maddie Locklear. The team is highly educated and lead by the award-winning athletic training staff, including two alumni from Glenda Dawson High School. Their staff is comprised of head athletic trainer Christina Fry class of 2012, team sponsor and assistant athletic trainer Joseph B. Eberhardt class of 2015, and assistant athletic trainer Thomas J. Patrey.