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The Monroe County Community College Respiratory Program team won a second straight state title for the college in Michigan’s Sputum Bowl, a timed quiz competition similar to the game show "Jeopardy.”  

The 2022 competition --the 42nd-annual -- took place during the Michigan Society of Respiratory Care Spring Conference in East Lansing from March 27-29 and featured teams from college RT programs across the state.

"The main objective of the Sputum Bowl is to stimulate interest in current respiratory care practices and professional engagement among respiratory care practitioners and students," said Dr. Ijaz Ahmed, director of the Respiratory Therapy program at MCCC.

The MCCC team -- which includes students Daniel Mittlestat, Gina DiMaria, Darrian Pratt and Chase D. Hill -- will move on to compete in the American Association for Respiratory Care's National Sputum Bowl at the 68th International Respiratory Convention Nov. 9-12 in New Orleans.

According to the AARC website, "The Sputum Bowl has been a time-honored tradition at the AARC Congress since 1978. Uniquely “RT,” the Bowl is the number one place to test your respiratory care knowledge against the best of the best in the profession. Nowhere else will you find therapists cheering on teams from across the country as they race to answer questions on everything from aerosol delivery to arcane gas laws."

The MCCC team is advised by Director of Clinical Education/Instructor of Respiratory Therapy Angela Prush and Instructor of Respiratory Therapy Helen Stripling.

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition. The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at

Counter-clockwise from left, MCCC Respiratory Therapy Sputum Bowl team members Daniel Mittlestat, Gina DiMaria, Darrian Pratt and Chase D. Hill show off MCCC's state championship Sputum Bowl trophy.

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From left, Instructor of Respiratory Therapy Helen Stripling; students Daniel Mittlestat, Gina DiMaria, Darrian Pratt and Chase D. Hill; and Director of Clinical Education/Instructor of Respiratory Therapy Angela Prush.

MCCC RT Students at Sputum Bowl

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1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161

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