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National Leadership Conference
Dallas, TX
June 18-21, 2008

2008 Daily Updates

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008 marked the preliminary day for the 2008 National HOSA Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas.  Everyone was busy preparing HOSA Headquarters and Competitive Events Headquarters for the conference delegates.

The Competitive Events leadership met all day preparing for the upcoming 55 events with over 4,200 competitors.  Everyone has worked hard to make sure the competitive events run as smoothly as possible.

New state officers spent the morning in the Leadership Academy with Mark Burley.  Mark led the group in some interesting activities that focused on leadership skills. Excitement was in the air as the students prepared themselves for the tasks that lie ahead of them.

Mark also led the afternoon Leadership Academy for students who had participated in officer training prior to the NLC.  Mark engaged them in interactive sessions that enhanced their critical thinking skills, leadership skills and much more.

Then at 3:00 p.m. the hustle and bustle of state advisor registration began.  It was a great time for state advisors to see each other and receive materials for their states.  After the rush of registration, the state advisors were able to enjoy a dinner meeting sponsored by Applied Technologies.  State advisors received information on conference updates and some well-deserved thanks for their service to HOSA.

Students, advisors, guests and family members arrived at the hotels throughout the day.  Not only were things busy at the Sheraton Dallas, but also the West End, Westin and Hyatt Dallas hotels experienced the HOSA delegate influx.  After a long day of traveling on buses, planes and cars, students and advisors were happy to reach their final destination in the Lone Star State and Dallas, Texas.

That evening, a small group of HOSA leaders had the incredible opportunity of volunteering their time at two area hospitals. The group, comprised of HOSA State Presidents, visited with the children of Scottish Rite Children's Hospital and Children's Medical Center Dallas.  While there, the kids and officers worked together making "boo-boo bunnies," a modified ice-pack that can easily be held by children with a "boo-boo." It was a special evening for everyone involved and one that will be remembered for a long time to come.      

Back at the Sheraton, nineteen candidates began the national officer screening process.  The candidates attended an orientation session and completed the officer examination.  The interview schedule for the officer candidates was posted at 10:30 p.m.

For the final event of the day, the National Executive Council hosted a reception for state presidents.

It has been a great day!  Everyone is excited about the 31st Annual National Leadership Conference.

HOSA and the fun still await the delegates at the 2008 NLC!

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