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CareerTech Health Careers Students Capture Top National Honors

Oklahoma HOSA brings home the national president-elect, David Kelly, 18 first-place medals, most popular t-shirt design and an award-winning increase in membership.
CareerTech Health Careers Students Capture Top National Honors

David Kelly

Oklahoma HOSA left its mark at the 34th National HOSA Leadership Conference recently in Anaheim, Calif.

Taking to the conference the state's largest delegation in history and what became NLC's most popular t-shirt design, the state chapter brought home the national president-elect, David Kelly, 18 first-place medals and an award-winning increase in membership.

“HOSA members are set apart from other students by their preparedness for the workforce,” said Debbie Saterbak, state HOSA advisor. “They gain confidence and critical thinking skills that are demonstrated during competitive events. With the health care shortage that we have here in the state of Oklahoma, HOSA is a wonderful opportunity for students to grow, become more prepared for the work environment and to learn soft and technical skills.”

Kelly is a senior at Edmond Memorial High School and a student in the BioScience and Medicine Academy at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. He is the first national president from Oklahoma since 1992, according to Debbie Saterbak, state HOSA adviser.

HOSA is the CareerTech student organization that works to enhance the quality and methods of health care and to promote career opportunities in the health care industry. It is an integral part of CareerTech’s Health Careers Education Program and can be found on high school and technology center campuses across the state. Nationally, HOSA has 131,797 members in 43 states, with more than 5,394 members in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma HOSA's total membership of 5,394 is the largest post-secondary membership in the nation and seventh largest group of alumni.

“We are very proud and excited about the growth of HOSA and its members over the last year,” said Saterbak.

As someone who was once uncomfortable giving speeches, Kelly learned that HOSA provides opportunities for leadership on a national level at his first conference. Now, he has plans to better inform members in advance about their first conference so they can hit the ground running.

"While all members have passion, HOSA helps focus that passion," said Kelly. "HOSA has helped me be more outgoing and to grow as a leader. One of the biggest things I hope to accomplish as leader is to inform students on the opportunities available to them through HOSA before they ever attend a conference. I missed out on running for office earlier because I just didn't know about it."

HOSA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. The other six include FFA and Agricultural Education, DECA and Marketing Education, TSA and Technology Engineering, BPA and Business and Information Technology Education, FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and SkillsUSA and Trade and Industry Education.

By Jessica Lewis, Communications and Marketing Intern