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CareerTech Health Careers Students Capture Top National Honors

Oklahoma’s largest delegation in history to attend the national HOSA conference brought home top honors and recognition to the state. The 32nd National HOSA Leadership Conference was held June 24-27 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN.

Some 259 members of Oklahoma CareerTech Health Careers’ student organization HOSA qualified at the state conference to advance to the national level, according to Debbie Shumaker, Oklahoma HOSA state advisor.  In addition to multiple top awards, the state was nationally recognized for an increase in membership and the most active National Technical Honor Society chapters.

HOSA is a national student organization working 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 nearly 107,000 members in 44 states, with more than 4,600 members in Oklahoma.

Shaina Manuel, Tulsa Tech, Owasso High School, represented Oklahoma on the HOSA National Nominating Committee with Oklahoma local chapter advisors responsible for running the Parliamentary Procedure event and the Veterinary Assisting event.

Northwest Technology Center, Fairview, Health Careers instructor and NTC HOSA chapter advisor Debra Button serves on the National Leadership Events Committee. Steve Nguyen, Tulsa Technology Center’s HOSA advisor and Emergency Medical Technician coordinator serves on the National Emergency Preparedness Events Committee.

In addition, six local HOSA chapters received the Outstanding Chapter Award and five HOSA members qualified for membership in the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Eight Oklahoma high school students placed in the top 10 for competitive events in addition to four winning 3rd place. Adult students brought home 17 1st-place, nine 2nd place and seven 3rd place winners with 10 ranking in the top 10.

In non-competitive events, several Oklahoma individual students and local chapters met the criteria to be awarded nationally for their work. These awards include Outstanding State Leader, Outstanding Newsletter, National HOSA Week, National Recognition Program, Barbara James Service Award (a volunteerism award), National Service Award-Certificate of Merit, National Service Award-Certificate of Recognition and Outstanding HOSA Chapter.

“HOSA members are set apart from other students by their preparedness for the workforce,” said Debbie Shumaker, 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.”

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.

“Students involved with our career education courses and student organizations are better prepared for future employment,” said Phil Berkenbile, CareerTech state director. “They have a smoother transition from school to career because of the skills and leadership activities provided through CareerTech training.”

For more information about Oklahoma Career and Technology Education and CareerTech student organizations visit For more information about HOSA contact Debbie Shumaker at 405-743-6843. For national winners visit

Written by: Ann Houston

Publish Date: July 9, 2009

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