THS HOSA Excels at National Competition

THS HOSA Excels at National Competition

July 2010 -  GUHSD students involved with the Thunderbird High School Chapters of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) recently attended a national leadership conference. These students had the opportunity to network, attend symposiums, and compete in 57 events. In addition to the awards the chapters received, four GUHSD students were recognized: Selah Bratt, Greenway; Karina Diaz, Thunderbird; Jacqueline Kartman, Greenway; and Elaina Sprau, Moon Valley. Below is the press release from Arizona HOSA.

June 28, 2010
Contact:  Jane A Shovlin, AzHOSA Advisor, 602-228-5281

Arizona HOSA Excels at 2010 NLC
2010 National HOSA Leadership Conference, Orlando, FL 

On June 22, 2010 over 7000 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Orlando, FL for the 33rd National HOSA Leadership Conference.  The Coronado Springs Resort was the site of 57 competitive events, 50 educational symposiums and networking opportunities for the 264 delegates from Arizona.   

AzHOSA continues to excel at the national level.

 Gold    Pharmacology Laura Kulas EVIT
  Outstanding HOSA Chapter   CAVIT, Sunnyside HS, all three Thunderbird Chapters
  Outstanding Chapter Newsletter        Thunderbird Chapters 39100 and 39069
 Silver Forensic Medicine Jessica Caro and Vanessa Lopez  Agua Fria HS
  Interviewing Skills Rena Barba Sunnyside HS
 Bronze      Epidemiology Carlos Ramirez Pueblo Magnet HS
  Job Seeking Skills Selah Bratt Thunderbird HS
  Medical Reserve Corp Partnership    Samaiyah Fullylove, Daniel Kin,
Melissa Rodriguez, Shalohm Rowland     
Catalina Magnet HS
 Placing in the Top Ten       4th Place  Medical Spelling  Saumya Bollam  Desert Vista HS 
  4th Place  Extemporaneous Health Poster  Jordana Nelson  Page HS 
  5th Place  Pharmacology  Kayla Loomis  Tucson High Magnet School 
  6th Place  Clinical Nursing  Karina Diaz  Thunderbird HS 
  9th Place  Medical Photography  Jacqueline Kartman    Thunderbird HS 
  9th Place  Researched Persuasive Speaking      Sooyeon Kim  Desert Vista HS 
  10th Place    Medical Reading  Anna Quian, Micah Musheno, Tiffany Wong       Desert Vista HS 
  10th Place      Nutrition   Ayesha Hughes Maricopa HS 
 Post Secondary Winners      Gold  Sports Medicine  Nicole Harshbarger  GCU 
  Silver  Health Education  Katherine Juarez and Lindsey Aragonez       Central Arizona College 
    Sports Medicine  Carmen Macias  GCU 
    Community Awareness      Meyers, Wadas and Magruder    GCU 
  Bronze      Sports Medicine  Aden Ramirez  Yavapai College 
    Job Seeking Skills  Katy-Marie Becker  ASU (Thunderbird HOSA alumni) 
    Dental Assisting  Diana Matatova  ASU (Thunderbird HOSA alumni) 

Katy-Marie Becker, AzHOSA State President, accepted two membership awards on behalf of the state association.  AzHOSA had a 21% increase in membership helping Region I win the HOSA Membership Cup for the second year in a row.  AzHOSA’s has received Membership Increase Awards for the past five consecutive years.

This year National HOSA’s membership goal was to reach 120,000 members.  Nidhisha Patel, EVIT, was recognized as the 120,000th member that helped them reach that goal.

The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Issues Exam event tests member’s knowledge of health and medical related current events.  The following Arizona HOSA members placed in the top 10% in the nation. Jared Naimark, Desert Vista HS, Elaina Sprau, Thunderbird HS, Laura Kulas, EVIT, Cassandra Srutowski, EVIT, and Erica Wadas, GCU. 

EVIT received top honors as the single largest chapter’s donations to Autism Speaks, the HOSA National Service Project.  Nicole Scott was recognized as the Outstanding State Leader.  Sheryl McCully, Bradshaw Mt High School and Donna Gerakas, GCU were recognized as Outstanding Chapter Advisors. The Barbara James Service Award was presented to eleven members for their volunteer efforts and four received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Two of Thunderbird HS's chapters were recognized for Outstanding Newsletters. 

Nicole Scott, Payson High Scott, was elected to the National HOSA Executive Council as Vice President of Region One and is AzHOSA’s first National Officer. 

Arizona Health Occupations Students of America is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. AzHOSA currently operates 197 chapters in 120 high schools in Arizona with a membership of over 3700.  AzHOSA is housed and funded in-part by Career and Technical Education Division in the Arizona Department of Education, Tom Horne – State Superintendant of Public Instruction.

Congratulations to all the advisors, students and officers that participated and excelled at the conference and a special thank you the Arizona Department of Education, the local schools districts and Arizona AHEC’s for their continued support of AzHOSA!