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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, marked the preliminary day for the 2009
National HOSA Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Even
though the conference officially begins Wednesday, event staff
and volunteers were busy preparing HOSA headquarters and Competitive
Events headquarters for the arrival of 6,3000 conference delegates,
judges, VIPs, and guests.
The Competitive Events staff met all day preparing for the
upcoming 57 events with over 4,500 competitors. The Competitive
Events staff has worked hard to ensure all competitive events
run as smoothly as possible over the next week.
state officers spent the morning in a Leadership Academy with
Mark Burley. This interactive workshop was designed to
prepare new officers for the tasks that lie ahead of them as
Mark Burley also led an afternoon Advanced Leadership Academy
for state officers who have already participated in officer
training. This workshop was designed
to enhance leadership skills such as critical thinking, time
management, and goal setting.
At 3 p.m. state advisors gathered to count conference pins,
session tickets, and programs during state advisor registration. A special dinner meeting for
state advisors allowed advisors catch up with old friends and receive some well-deserved
praise for their service to HOSA. HOSA thanks David
Richardson, President of Applied Technologies, for the sponsorship
of this dinner and support of HOSA.
After a long day of traveling
by buses, planes and cars, students, advisors, and guests were
happy to reach their final destination in Nashville, Tennessee. Because
of record-breaking conference attendance, HOSA delegates have
fully occupied the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, the Gaylord Radisson
Hotel, and the Hampton Inn in Nashville.
Tuesday evening, twenty
outstanding individuals began the national officer screening,
attended an orientation session and completed the officer examination. At
11 p.m. an interview schedule was posted for qualifying candidates.
To end the day, the National Executive Council hosted a reception
for state presidents. The
reception was a great opportunity for state presidents to meet
one another and share ideas amongst old and new friends.
It has been a great day for HOSA and everyone here in
Nashville is excited about the 32nd Annual National Leadership
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