Muskegon Area Career Tech Center student Holly Baker (Oakridge) and her Health Science Academy Instructor, Kathy Andrews are headed to Nashville, Tennessee to compete in the National HOSA-Future Health Professionals Competition, June 22–25, 2016.
Holly earned the opportunity to advance to the national competition in Nashville after earning a silver medal at the state conference in Traverse City, Michigan in April. She competed in the Extemporaneous Health Poster event. Making her accomplishment even more remarkable, Holly had to leave her event to give a speech for state officer and then pick up where she left off to finish the competition. Only the top three winners at state competition qualify to attend the HOSA National Leadership Conference.
This year, over 9,000 students are expected to compete in 56 different events at the national conference. Students will also hear from educational and entertaining speakers such as VADM Vivek Murthy, M.D., the 19th U.S. Surgeon General and keynote speaker Brad Montague, creator of Kid President a popular YouTube inspirational video series. There will also be leadership academies, tours of healthcare facilities, exhibits by professional healthcare associations, and more.
HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.
HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching over 200,000 members through 51 chartered HOSA Associations, American Samoa, Canada, District of Columbia, Germany, Italy, and Puerto Rico.