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Oklahoma HOSA Chapters Give And Receive At National Leadership Conference

Aug. 8, 2014

Oklahoma HOSA logo 2015Oklahoma HOSA students received numerous accolades at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., earlier this summer, but they also gave back.

The students donated more than $6,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, HOSA’s national service project. Six chapters received certificates of recognition for donating between $100 and $499, and six chapters received certificates of merit for donating more than $500.

“I am extremely pleased with the Oklahoma representation at this year’s NLC. The advisers and students represented Oklahoma in a positive and professional manner,” said Debbie Bennett, HOSA adviser at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. HOSA is a CareerTech student organization affiliated with health careers education.

The Oklahoma contingent of 310 people included 74 advisers and 227 secondary and postsecondary students representing 63 local chapters.

The students competed in a number of events, met other health careers education students from across the country, toured health care facilities and attended educational workshops. Sixteen Oklahoma secondary students finished in the top 10 in 11 events, and two finished in the top three.

“The reason HOSA members go to nationals is to compete in the event they placed in at state, represent their state and local HOSA chapters, make connections and friendships with HOSA members from other states and travel to beautiful, historic and fun places across the United States,” said Oklahoma HOSA President Samuel Moffatt, who studied biomedical science at Red River Technology Center in Duncan and recently graduated from Duncan High School.

In the postsecondary events, 68 Oklahoma students finished in the top 10 in 40 events, with 46 in the top three. Two postsecondary teams from Kiamichi Technology Center, EMT and public health, received awards totaling $1,500.

Moffatt, who received a $2,000 scholarship from National HOSA, also got to sing “America the Beautiful” at the postsecondary and secondary grand award sessions. He and other state officers were also voting delegates and attended a leadership workshop to develop their leadership skills, he said.

Six chapters received awards in the chapter newsletter competition, 18 students received the Barbara James Service Award for volunteering and five chapters received the Outstanding HOSA Chapter award.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s HOSA advisers assisted with the forensic medicine, nursing assisting and Outstanding HOSA Chapter competitions and served as dance chaperones and courtesy corps for the opening session, the recognition session and the secondary award session. National HOSA complimented them on their knowledge and expertise while running the competitive events, Bennett said.

Moffatt, who as president represented Oklahoma HOSA throughout the conference and helped with the forensic medicine competitive event, said he believes the past year in Oklahoma HOSA has “gone wonderfully.”

“The state officer team and I set many goals for our term, and at our most recent state officer meeting, we realized that we have completed almost every single goal we set,” he said. “We have left our legacy on Oklahoma HOSA.”

HOSA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. The others are Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, family and consumer sciences education; Business Professionals of America, business and information technology education; FFA, agricultural education; DECA, marketing education; Technology Student Association, science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and SkillsUSA, trade and industrial education.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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