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National Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL
June 20 -23, 2007

2007 Daily Updates

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Over 5,600 HOSA delegates, guests and judges converged on the city of Orlando, Florida to celebrate the 30th annual National Leadership Conference. Orlando offers a magical place to celebrate the growth and greatness of HOSA over the past 30 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 program books.
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 2007-2008 National Executive Council are:  

Secondary Division
Luis Baez (TX)
Ronak Bharucha (NJ)
Raelise Emard (FL)
Kristi Ernst (NJ)
Elizabeth Fair (AZ)
Krista Haney (SC)
Lorin Moton (TX)
Ellen Platte (NH)
Kelly Stafford (MS)
Allen Stephens (NC)
Whitney O’Neal (TN)
Karly Wallace (WI)

Postsecondary/Collegiate Division
Jude Alcide (FL)
Jeremy Beane (NC)
Tommy Bui (CO)
Ashley Mazur (AZ)
Jennifer Roesch (FL)

“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 American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, Applied Technologies, Health Professions Network, Autism Speaks, Pocket Nurse, Thomson Delmar Learning, 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 2007 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 who 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 year’s NLC.

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.

We thank these initial members for their commitment to HOSA:
Representative John Boozman, Arkansas
Representative Gus Bilirakis, Florida
Representative Kay Granger, Texas
Representative Nick Rahall, West Virginia
Representative Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin

HOSA also implemented the first Congressional Briefing in conjunction at this year’s conference.  Those present were:

Felicia Leonard, City of Clearwater, Florida
John Newstreet from the office of U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, State of Florida
Nancy Koepke from the office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, State of Florida

National HOSA Day Proclamation

HOSA is grateful to the following governors for proclaiming June 20, 2007 as National HOSA Day:

State of Arizona – Governor Janet Napolitano
State of Hawaii – Governor Linda Lingle
State of Kansas – Governor Kathleen Sebelius
State of Kentucky – Governor Ernie Fletcher
State of Mississippi – Governor Haley Barbour
State of North Carolina – Governor Michael Easley
State of Oklahoma – Governor Brad Henry
State of South Carolina – Governor Mark Sanford
State of Texas – Governor Rick Perry

Whether it’s your first or your 30th NLC, there is always excitement and anticipation for the Opening General Session. This year was no exception! The 5,600-seat ballroom 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 wowed by a smashing performance from Florida’s own Aquarian Productions. The group presented highlights from the hit musical “Mamma Mia” and really set the mood for a great conference!

The 2006-2007 National Executive Council was introduced and Sierra Jenkins, National HOSA President, declared the 2007 National Leadership Conference in session. Each state was represented through a parade of flags followed by the singing of our national anthem, performed by Erin Reiman.  Winter Springs High School Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the Colors. This patriotic tribute was concluded by a moving vocal presentation from Sarah-Taylor Argo of “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood.


Florida HOSA President, Jennifer Roesch and President-Elect, Jan Rodriguez graciously welcomed the 5,600 delegates to Orlando and truly displayed Florida’s outstanding hospitality. 

HOSA was very fortunate and honored to have HOSA alumnae, Lowell Doringo as the guest speaker. Lowell served as National HOSA President in 1998 and it was during this time that he joined the Walt Disney World Resort.  Lowell is currently serving as the 2007 Walt Disney World Ambassador and was chosen as this year’s Outstanding Alumni Member.

HOSA is extremely honored and appreciative to Lowell for attending the 30th National Leadership Conference. We thank him for his support of HOSA.

Opening General Session Highlights:

Following Lowell’s message, VIPs from across the nation were recognized at the opening session:

Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States sent a special welcome to HOSA members congratulating them for the important role they play in the healthcare arena.  She encouraged all HOSA members to become actively involved in serving others here in the United States through initiatives like the Medical Reserve Corps and USA Freedom Corps.  She thanked all HOSA members who are working to advance our Nation’s emergency preparedness, particularly in our schools.  She also recognized the compassion and skill that we bring to the medical profession and wished us the very best in our future healthcare careers!

Medical Reserve Corps - Lieutenant Marna Hoard, Program Officer, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General

HOSA is honored to be recognized as a partner with the Medical Reserve Corps Program and tonight with us from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General is Lieutenant Marna Hoard, Program Officer for Outreach of the Medical Reserve Corps.

Lt. Hoard comes from Washington, D.C. where she is responsible for overseeing the coordination of MRC outreach activities such as their new partnership with HOSA.

MRC Pilot Project

Following the initial meeting between HOSA and the MRS, it was determined that HOSA would conduct a pilot project for four months to demonstrate the value-add that HOSA members can bring to MRC units and Public Health Service. This was HOSA’s opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of HOSA chapters as a new resource to the overall emergency preparedness in a community.

Those states participating in the pilot project were:  Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Tonight was a very special night as the MRC recognized those chapters who were part of the MRC-HOSA Pilot Project and submitted the reporting form to document their good works.

These chapters were honored for their commitment to serving the healthcare needs of all Americans and for enhancing your preparation by expanding your involvement in the Medical Reserve Corps as a way to improve the health and safety of communities and school campuses.

The following local chapter advisors and state advisors were recognized for their work to ensure the success of the HOSA pilot project:

From North Carolina HOSA:
Faye Cress
Darlene Seward
And Paul Van Hemel

From Oklahoma HOSA:
Debbie Shumaker
Heather Yazdanipour
Sherrie Burton
Vera Miller
Vicki Cone
And Andrea McElmurray

And From Arizona HOSA:
Mike Glover and Jane Shovelin

Congratulations to these chapters!

Dr. Chris Coro, Education Program Specialist, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department Education

HOSA is extremely honored to have with us here tonight Dr. Chris Coro, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

Dr. Coro comes from Washington D.C. where he is responsible for the oversight of career and college readiness. He feels strongly in the importance of having associations such as HOSA in our schools.

The following former National Officers were recognized for their attendance at this year’s NLC:
Lowell Doringo
Pam Ashley

Honorary Life Membership and National Outstanding Service Award, two of HOSA’s highest honors, were presented to two outstanding individuals:
Sandra Parker, Immediate Past Chair, HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors
Linda Liang, New Hampshire State Advisor

New State Associations Welcomed

HOSA welcomes the following two states to HOSA:
State of Ohio led by Debbie Neal, State HOSA Advisor
State of Nevada led by Gary Sundseth, State HOSA Advisor.


The following state associations were recognized for increased membership in the 2006-2007 affiliation year:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Special Recognition:

Hawaii HOSA achieved an outstanding 59% membership gain.
Arizona HOSA had a 50% membership gain.
Montana HOSA obtained a 33% increase.    
Texas was recognized as having the largest state association with 14, 319 members—an 8.2% 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

Scholarship Recognition

HOSA state associations and national HOSA awarded over $275,000 in scholarships for the 2006-2007 membership year!  At this year’s NLC, 44 scholarships were presented to award recipients totaling $52,500.

Congratulations to all Scholarship Recipients present at the 2007 HOSA ‘s National Leadership Conference:

Who’s Who Among American High School Students
Representing Who’s Who:  Dawn Thiele

  • Stacey Kubovec, Florida

National HOSA
Representing HOSA:  Becky Davis and Kristen Davidson

  • Ashleigh Lieberman, Idaho
  • Laryn Smith, Pennsylvania
  • Jacqueline Lewis, Pennsylvania
  • Nupur Shah, Texas
  • Shalin Patel, Texas
  • Andrea Schneider, Wisconsin

Phillip R. Patton/HCA
Representing HCA:  Tim Cook

  • Zehra Farzal, Texas
  • Sneha Kuruvila, Texas
  • Andrea Hensley, Georgia
  • Rachael Mayer, Arizona

Thomson Delmar Learning
Representing Thomson Delmar Learning:  Matt Seeley

  • Rohan Bhatt, Florida

National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education

  • Jeana Dunn, South Carolina

Applied Technologies
Representing Applied Technologies:  David Richardson and Jerry Foxworthy

  • Katie Cavender, Tennessee

Nursing Spectrum
Representing Nursing Spectrum:  Phyllis Class and Debra Wood

  • Shannon Ingold, Illinois
  • Kathleen Jacob, Oklahoma
  • Erica Porter, Tennessee
  • Angela Doggett, Michigan

National Technical Honor Society
Representing NTHS:  Robyn Crawford

  • Nicholas Treece, Tennessee
  • Jamie Bugos, Oklahoma

For a complete list of the 2007 scholarship winners that includes those not in attendance at this year’s NLC, please visit

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 30th annual National Leadership Conference and spread the HOSA fever!



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