VC team wins Knowledge Bowl at Texas Physical Therapy Association Conference

PTA1 Victoria College’s team of, from left, Teri Byrd, Darcie Moreno, Kacey Nidey and Brittany Hudson took first place out of 16 teams at the Texas Physical Therapy Association Conference on Oct. 25-27 in San Antonio.

Teri Byrd wasn’t overly surprised that she and three other Victoria College students won first place in the Knowledge Bowl at the recent Texas Physical Therapy Association Conference in San Antonio.

“We were kind of surprised, but we knew we studied hard, and we have very good teachers here at VC,” Byrd said. “It was just a matter of making sure the team was cohesive. We balanced each other out well.”

Byrd teamed with fellow Physical Therapist Assistant Program students Darcie Moreno, Brittany Hudson and Kacey Nidey to answer all but one question correctly and become the first Victoria College team to win the contest. All four are scheduled to graduate from the PTA Program in May.

“We felt prepared enough that we didn’t feel we needed to study on the way up there,” Nidey said. “We study so much here during our classes that it sticks in our brains, so we felt prepared enough. Missing only one question proved that we were.”

“I didn’t expect it to come as easily as it did,” Hudson said. “We were pretty nervous at the beginning, but when we started getting the questions right, we thought it wasn’t so bad.”

The 16 teams had 15 seconds to answer each multiple-choice question.

“The one question we missed was a nerve question,” Moreno said. “There were a couple of times during the competition when he had different answers, so we all had to come together and decide what was the right answer.”

Victoria College’s team of Morgan Leita, Morgan Jedlicka, Deborah De La Garza and Sonya Acuna finished fourth in the competition.

“I am so proud of all our students who competed,” said PTA Program Chair Dr. Laura Crandall. “They couldn’t have represented Victoria College any better.”

Victoria College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Successful completion of the PTA Program will enable graduates to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant licensing examination.

Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to provide services for patients who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools and sports facilities. 

For more information on Victoria College’s PTA Program, call (361) 572-6497 or email