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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Today 7,000 HOSA delegates, guests and judges convened in Orlando, Florida to celebrate the growth and greatness of HOSA over the past 33 years at the National HOSA Leadership Conference.
The conference officially began this morning when HOSA delegates received their registration materials, name badges, conference pins and program books.
The Competitive Events staff remained busy preparing for the first day of competitions, while state advisors finalized their lists of competitors and events.
National HOSA officer interviews also began early this morning. The 2010-2011 candidates for the National Executive Council are:
Secondary Board Representative:
Region I Vice President
Region II Vice President
Region III Vice President
Post Secondary Vice President
Post Secondary Board Representative
New advisors began their day with Coffee Talk, an informal discussion session that allowed new advisors to ask questions about the HOSA NLC. An afternoon orientation session for local and state advisors was also held.
HOSA welcomed 40 exhibitors to this year’s NLC. Exhibitors include Applied Technologies, Health Professions Network, Autism Speaks, Pocket Nurse, U.S. Army and many more. Exhibitors were on hand to share current and future expectations of the healthcare industry with HOSA delegates.
The first official competition of the 2010 NLC began with competitors taking the Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Issues Exam. Kaiser Permanente awards scholarships to the first place secondary and postsecondary winners. The exam was 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.
Nervous students and advisors were seen throughout the afternoon as competitors began round one of various competitive events, including Parliamentary Procedure, Forensic Medicine, Creative Problem Solving, Medical Reading, HOSA Bowl, CPR/First Aid, EMT and Nursing Assisting.
The Voting Delegates and Courtesy Corps are two special groups of delegates with very important roles during the conference. Voting Delegates spent part of the afternoon learning about their role in electing the new national officers. Courtesy Corps members practiced for the opening session and received conference assignments. HOSA is very thankful to both of these groups for all they do to ensure the success of this year’s NLC.
The Congressional Delegation of HOSA is a bipartisan body of members of Congress who embrace HOSA’s mission and service to the community. HOSA is honored to have the following Congressional Offices represented at this year's Congressional Briefing:
Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas
Congressman Alan Grayson
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
Congressman George LeMieux
Congressman John Mica
Opening General Session Highlights
The Veracruz Ballroom was filled with energy and excitement as delegates from across the nation gathered for the opening session of the 33rd Annual National HOSA Leader Conference.
The High Octave Singers Association welcomed HOSA members to Orlando with a medley of pop and Disney songs. The National Executive Council was then escorted and introduced by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale, Pluto and Goofy.
After introductions, Mike Brode, National HOSA President, declared the 2010 National HOSA Leadership Conference in session. States in attendance were showcased through a parade of state flags and HOSA delegates paid tribute to our country through the singing of the National Anthem, performed by Akeiba Barge of Georgia HOSA. HOSA delegates were then welcomed to Orlando by Florida HOSA President, Rahma Mkuu and Florida State President-Elect, Nathalie Figueroa.
The following special guests from the Congressional Delegation were recognized:
Zachary Zampella, Special Assistant to Congressman George LeMieux
April Daniel, Staff Assistant to Congressman George LeMieux
Valerie Guenther, District Director for Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas
Debra Booth, District Director for Congressman Alan Grayson
Ronita Sanders, Area Director for Congresswoman Corrine Brown
The Congressional Delegation supports HOSA’s commitment to the development of future health professionals. HOSA recognized New Jersey HOSA for being the first state to find co-sponsors for the House Resolution 2946, The Healthcare Professional Pipeline Act.
National HOSA awarded 50 members with scholarships totaling $55,750. In addition to the national scholarships, HOSA state associations awarded $514,850 in scholarships this year. Congratulations to all scholarship recipients present at the 2010 HOSA National Leadership Conference:
National HOSA presented by Sheila Carlton, HOSA, Inc. Board Chair
Zachary Pettigrew (TX)
Jenna Maligro (HI)
Patrick Chancy (GA)
Danielle Francen (MN)
Peter Feltmann (FL)
Phillip R. Patton/HCA presented by Brian Mager and Joanna Conley, HCA
Ariel Loll (MI)
Michele Kaiser (WI)
Kayla Gardner (VA)
Daphne Petit-Homme (FL)
Morgan Jones (TN)
Kathryn Cook (NC)
Rebecca Northup (CO)
Savanna Stewart (NC)
National Consortium on Health Science Education presented by Nancy Allen
Joseph Rote (NC)
National Technical Honor Society presented by Patricia Poteat
Klavdiya Usheva (TX)
Savanna King (MS)
KidneyWise presented by Ken Kahtava
Nicole Scott (AZ)
NASCO presented by George Sifakis
Jacqueline Chiou (NJ)
Association for Career and Technical Education presented by Candy Leopold
Klavdiya Usheva (TX)
Eric Smith (UT)
Evelyn Vo (FL)
HOSA would also like to thank St. George Greek Orthodox Monastery, Health Professions Network, Applied Technologies, Delmar Cengage Learning and U.S. Public Health Service for their scholarship contributions. HOSA is extremely grateful for all of the scholarship sponsors at this year’s NLC. For a complete list of the 2010 scholarship recipients please visit www.hosa.org.
HOSA recognized the US Army as this year’s Government Partnership award recipient.
HOSA was extremely honored to have the Acting Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral David Rutstein in attendance at this year's Opening General Session.
The Outstanding HOSA Alumni Award was presented to LCDR Timothy Thomas. HOSA is proud of Timothy Thomas for using the skills he learned through HOSA and applying them to his current position in this U.S. Public Health Service.
Honorary Life Membership, HOSA’s highest honor, was presented to Mark Burley, Immediate Past Chair, HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors and Michigan State Advisor.
The following state associations were recognized for increased membership in the 2009-10 affiliation year:
District of Columbia
HOSA continues to reach record-breaking membership numbers year after year. This year HOSA’s national membership is 120,404. In honor of this record, HOSA recognized Nidisha Patel of McClintock High School for being HOSA’s 120,000 member.
The following states were recognized for leading HOSA with the largest membership percentage gains.
Texas was recognized as having the largest state association with 18,862 members and for bringing the largest delegation to the NLC with 582 delegates.
Meridian Community College from Mississippi was recognized as the largest postsecondary/collegiate chapter with 340 members and Smithfield-Selma High School from North Carolina was recognized as the largest secondary chapter with 269.
This year marked the 5th year of the HOSA Cup competition among the regions for membership growth. Region I was recognized as the winner again with Nevada HOSA receiving the HOSA cup for being the state with the highest percentage increase in membership.
The Opening Session ended with an inspiring and delightful message from Mark Scharenbroich who reminded HOSA members to share their talents during HOSA NLC 2010.
Wednesday’s opening session was a great beginning for the 33rd Annual National HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando! HOSA delegates have much to look forward to over the next three days.
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