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Ephrata High School welcomes its first certified athletic trainer and teacher in the Health Sciences Career Technical Education (CTE) Program this fall. Marissa Cox will instruct sports medicine classes and assist student athletes preparing for competitions.

Cox received her Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Eastern Washington University, where she also minored in coaching. She spent the last three years as an athletic trainer for Samaritan Healthcare and Big Bend Community College. 

“We are extremely excited to welcome Marissa to our team,” said Bryan Johnson, Ephrata High School Athletic Director. “Pairing her skills as a certified athletic trainer with hands-on learning provides a huge benefit for our students, our student athletes and our school district.”

The addition of a certified athletic trainer to the Ephrata sports program increases safety for student athletes. Cox can provide increased care and rehabilitation, has the ability to clear athletes from concussion protocol and can refer to more specialty care when necessary. Families will no longer need to seek outside medical clearance for most minor injuries. 

Funding for this new program was made possible through a $200,000 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant: CTE Graduation Pathways. The grant will be used to purchase curriculum, equipment and supplies to make the course engaging and relevant to the sports medicine industry. The sports medicine course will be part of a sequence of health science courses at Ephrata High School that students can take to fulfill their CTE graduation pathway.


About Ephrata High School:
Ephrata High School sponsors 22 sports programs throughout the academic year. Located in Ephrata, WA, EHS has an enrollment of more than 900 students in grades 9-12. For more information about Tiger Athletics visit our website at

About Ephrata Schools:
Since 1909, Ephrata Schools have provided a quality public education to all students, regardless of ability, race, wealth, language, religion or country of origin. At Ephrata Schools, we exist for kids and learning. We are deeply committed to every child's journey and work hard to ensure that every student graduates ready for career and life. For more information about the Ephrata School District, please visit

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