Local students win on National level of HOSA

From staff reports

Students from Winston County recently brought home awards from the 2012 HOSA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Local students of Penny Wells’ Health Science class attended Health Occupational Student Association (HOSA)’s 35th Annual National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The conference brings together thousands of future health professionals from across the country so they may experience HOSA at its absolute best. This year’s theme was “HOSA: It’s in our hearts to keep yours beating!” This National Leadership Conference provided a great opportunity for students and advisors to learn and grow so that they may one day experience a fulfilling career as a Health Professional.

Over the four-day conference, more than 5,000 delegates participated in 56 competitive events in six program areas in two levels at the National Leadership Conference. HOSA competitive events are conducted as incentives for HSE students to be recognized for achievements related to career and leadership development. Anna Claire Webb, Emily Mills, Brooke Smith, and Haley Pierce (All of Noxapater High School) participated in Community Awareness Breast Cancer Awareness while Hayden Stokes and Lesli Jayne Pickett (both of Winston Academy) participated in the Community Awareness for MPS III Type A in honor of Quinn Gregory. Victor Hunt of Louisville and Chelsea Moore of Noxapater High School participated in Health Education and presented “Tobacco”, as Dustin Carter (Nanih Waiya) took the Concepts of Healthcare Exam. Haley Pierce received “National Recognition” while Hayden Stokes and Leslie Jayne Pickett won first place in their portion of the National competition which demonstrated their commitment to the future of healthcare.

Stokes and Pickett are planning to give the Gold Medal they earned to Quinn Gregory.

“When all their hard work was finally done, the students visited Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios where they had a blast,” according to Wells.

“They explored the ins and outs of the parks, rode plenty of rides, and even met a few cartoon characters. They also enjoyed a character breakfast at the Beach Club Resort. All in all, it’s safe to say that the students had a fun-filled, successful week in Orlando, and are already looking forward to next year.”

HOSA is the only student organization that is 100 percent health care and is committed to building a pipeline of health care professionals. Nationwide, HOSA has 130,000 members, and that number continues to increase each year, with this being their 29th year of consecutive growth.

The students would like to thank Winston Medical Center, Dr. Steven Yarbrough, Winston and Louisville Career and Technology Center and the Louisville Municipal School District for making the trip possible.