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Over 5,700 HOSA delegates,
guests and judges converged on the city of Dallas, Texas to
celebrate the 31st annual National Leadership Conference. Dallas
offers an exciting place to celebrate the growth and greatness
of HOSA over the past 31 years.
The day began with excitement and bustle. Local advisors
received their registration information this morning, allowing
students to finally see their name on an official HOSA badge,
as well as check out this year’s fantastic conference
Planning, planning and more planning continued with competitive
events. State advisors returned those final lists with competitors’ names and events. Now…let
the competition begin!
The nominating committee began national officer interviews
at 8 a.m. The candidates running for the 2008-2009 National
Executive Council are:
Jonathan Daniel Howard Campbell (AL)
James Jonathan Hill (AL)
Maribel Hermosillo (CA)
Miguel A. Doroteo (FL)
Danielle O'Neal (IN)
Megan Granderson (IN)
Megan Nance (KS)
Jennifer Kathleen Suleiman (NE)
Seiichi Villalona (NJ)
Victoria Anne Hollingsworth (NC)
Kelly Howard (OH)
Michael Brode (SC)
Kristy Moore (TN)
Anthony Barnett (TX)
Dhruv Mahtta (WI)
Jan C. Rodriguez (FL)
Andrew McLaurin (FL)
Jeremy Beane (NC)
“Coffee Talk,” an informal discussion session
for new advisors, was a big success. It was a great way to
answer their questions as well as alleviate some of the newcomers’ concern.
An afternoon session for the more experienced local and state
advisors was also held. Conference information was discussed
and questions were answered.
HOSA is excited to welcome nearly 40 exhibitors to this year’s
NLC. Exhibitors include, Applied Technologies, Health Professions
Network, Autism Speaks, Pocket Nurse, U.S. Army ROTC and many
more! With the help of many of these exhibitors, HOSA delegates
are able to obtain more information about their future in healthcare.
The first official on-site competition at the 2008 NLC began
with competitors taking the Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Issues
Exam. Kaiser Permanente awards a scholarship to the first place
secondary and postsecondary winners, which will be recognized
during the Recognition Session on Friday evening. The exam
is a great way for students to keep abreast of current events
in the healthcare industry. HOSA is most appreciative to Kaiser
Permanente for providing students with this opportunity.
Anxious students and nervous advisors were seen throughout
the afternoon as students began round one of various competitive
events, such as HOSA Bowl, Medical Reading, Creative Problem
Solving and Parliamentary Procedure. These orientations and
testing sessions were also held later in the afternoon.
Two elite groups of delegates that hold important roles during
the conference are the Voting Delegates and Courtesy Corps
members. Voting Delegates spent part of the afternoon in orientation
while Courtesy Corps members practiced for opening session
and then received their assignments for the remainder of the
conference. HOSA is very thankful to both of these groups for
all they do throughout the week to ensure the success of this
Congressional Delegation and Briefing
The Congressional Delegation of HOSA is a bipartisan body
of members of Congress who embrace HOSA’s mission and
service to the community. Members of Congress joining
the HOSA Congressional Delegation are making an investment
in the future of healthcare.
HOSA is honored to have the following Congressional Offices
represented at this year's Congressional Briefing:
Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson
Representative Pete Sessions
Representative Michael Burgess
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Senator John Cornyn
Whether it’s your first or your 31st NLC, there is always
excitement and anticipation for the Opening General Session.
This year was no exception! The 6,300-seat Convention Center
Arena was charged with energy as delegates from across the
nation showed their spirit with HOSA cheers and crowd-pumping
chants. It was truly a sight to be seen and the thrill of the
National Leadership Conference spread quickly.
Opening General Session
The entire audience was appropriately welcomed
to the Lone Star State with the Lonestar Attitude Show. The
band-style performance featured songs by noted Texas artists
like Roy Orbison and Don Henley.
The 2007-2008 National Executive Council was introduced and
Heather Coggins, National HOSA President, declared the 2008
National Leadership Conference in session. Each state was represented
through a parade of flags followed by the singing of our National
Anthem, performed by Steven Gough, Lacie Gudde, Kaylee Hall
and Robbie Queen of Parsons Health Science Academy in Kansas.
Texas HOSA President, Stephanie Philip, graciously welcomed
the 5,700 delegates to Dallas and truly displayed the enthusiasm
Texans are known for.
Opening General Session
Following the introduction, VIPs from across the nation were
recognized at the opening session:
Rear Admiral Epifanio Elizondo, PhD, PA-C, U.S. Public Health Service
HOSA is extremely honored to have had Rear Admiral Epifanio
Elizondo PhD, PA-C, from the U.S. Public Health Service in
attendance at this year's Opening General Session. As Regional
Health Administrator in Region VI, Rear Admiral Elizondo serves
as the senior federal public health official and scientist
in the region. He performs essential functions for the Department
of Health and Human Services in prevention, preparedness and
Medical Reserve Corps – Captain Robert J. Tosatto,
R.Ph., M.P.H., M.B.A., U.S.
Public Health Service Director, Office of the U.S.
HOSA is honored to continue our partnership with the Medical
Reserve Corps Program, (MRC) and this year with us from the
Office of the U.S. Surgeon General is Captain Robert J. Tosatto. Captain
Tosatto serves as Director of the MRC and is responsible for
overseeing the establishment, implementation and coordination
of the MRC units in communities nationwide.
Scott Hess, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department
Scott Hess is with us this year representing the U.S. Department
of Education where he is Director of the Discretionary Programs
and Innovation Group in the Division of High School, Post Secondary
and Career Education. Mr. Hess was the project lead for
the Career Cluster projects at the Department and is currently
the lead for the College and Career Transitions initiative.
Karen Batchelor, Texas Education Agency
HOSA was warmly welcomed to the Great State of Texas by Karen
Batchelor. Ms. Batchelor is State Director for Career and Technical
Education for the Texas Education Agency.
The following former National Officer was recognized for their
attendance at this year’s NLC: Sarah Sexton
Honorary Life Membership, HOSA’s highest honor, was
presented to one outstanding individual: Becky Davis, Immediate Past Chair, HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors and
State Supervisor, West Virginia HOSA
New State Associations Welcomed
HOSA welcomes the following state to HOSA:
State of Alaska led by
K.P. Targe, State HOSA Advisor. Award accepted by Brenda Probasco
on behalf of Alaska HOSA.
The following state associations were recognized for increased
membership in the 2007-2008 affiliation year:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia,
Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto
Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and
New State Associations Membership Growth
Ohio HOSA achieved an outstanding 306% membership gain.
New Mexico HOSA had a 290% membership gain.
Nevada HOSA obtained a 132% increase.
State Association Membership Growth
Maryland HOSA achieved an impressive 84% membership increase.
Hawaii HOSA had a 42% membership increase.
Georgia HOSA had a 36% membership gain.
South Carolina HOSA obtained a 27% increase.
Michigan HOSA had a 20% membership gain.
Texas was recognized as
having the largest state association with 15,642 members—a
9.2% membership increase—and for bringing the largest
delegation to the NLC. Thanks, Texas!
Largest Postsecondary Chapter – Meridian
Community College in Mississippi
Largest Secondary Chapter – Smithfield-Selma
High School in North Carolina
HOSA state associations and National HOSA awarded over $399,550
in scholarships for the 2007-2008 membership year! At
this year’s NLC, 46 scholarships were presented to
award recipients totaling $53,500.
Congratulations to all Scholarship Recipients present
at the 2008 HOSA National Leadership Conference:
Representing HOSA: Kristen Davidson
- Tiffany Crenwelge, Texas
- Miriam Garcia, Texas
- Jessica Sagers, Utah
- Matthew McClafferty, Virginia
Phillip R. Patton/HCA
Representing HCA: Steve Melton
- Gilvonna Yazzie, Arizona
- Erin Kay Brugger, Michigan
- Ashley Graham-Perel, New York
- Stephanie Light, Texas
- Damaris Sifuentes, Texas
Health Professions Network
Representing Health Professions Network: Rebecca Smith
- Derek Carver, North Carolina
Association for Career and Technical Education
Representing Association for Career and Technical Education: Lara
- Cameron Chafin, West Virginia
- Damaris Sifuentes, Texas
- Michael Parris, Michigan
Delmar Cengage Learning
Representing Delmar Cengage Learning: Matt Seeley
National Consortium on Health Science and Technology
Representing National Consortium on Health Science and Technology
Education: Nancy Allen
Representing Nursing Spectrum: Donna Novak
- Emily Bell, Michigan
- Evan Henegar, Alabama
- LeAnnaGrace Mullet, South Carolina
- Rachel Vogler, North Carolina
National Technical Honor Society
Representing NTHS: Patricia Poteat
- Ruby Horton, Oklahoma
- Michelle Jordan, Pennsylvania
- Freddie Williams Junior, Tennessee
HOSA would also like to thank St. George Greek
Orthodox Monastery and Applied Technologies for
their scholarship contributions.
For a complete list of the 2008 scholarship winners that
includes those not in attendance at this year’s NLC,
please visit www.hosa.org.
Wednesday’s opening session motivated HOSA members to
accomplish their goals and take advantage of all the NLC has
to offer. It was a great way to begin HOSA’s 31st annual
National Leadership Conference and spread the HOSA fever!
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