Class of 2019 Etowah High School student, Kaylie Cofield, traveled to Dallas, Texas in June to compete at HOSA’s 41st Annual (Future Health Professionals) International Leadership Conference (ILC). Kaylie had competed with her peers and Healthcare classmates at the State Leadership Conference (SLC) in March in Atlanta, when she held the position of Historian, to win First Place in the Category of Outstanding HOSA Chapter. This First Place win advanced her to Dallas in which she was honored to represent Etowah High School as the first Cherokee County, Georgia school to ever advance to the International level to compete.
Over 10,000 students representing over 54 chartered HOSA Associations were in attendance at this amazing professional leadership opportunity. Sixty competitive events were conducted in six program areas at Secondary and Postsecondary/Collegiate levels and fifteen competitive events at the Middle School level at the International Leadership Conference. HOSA competitive events are conducted as incentives for students to be recognized for achievements related to career and leadership development. Competitive events are designed to complement the health and biomedical science education programs through application of the instruction received. This practical experience assists the HOSA member in developing the knowledge, skills and attitude required to deliver quality healthcare.
In addition to the competitive events offered, a three day HOSA Expo offered students an opportunity to meet with companies and colleges and to speak one on one about the products and services they offered and the opportunities and scholarships available in the healthcare industry and two days of Educational Symposiums to learn about everything from The National Disaster Medical System to Understanding Dementia and Suturing Techniques to Understanding the Role of Augmented Intelligence in Healthcare and everything in between. Among the many guest speakers at this year’s event, was Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams M.D., M.P.H. U.S. Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Adams’ motto as Surgeon General is “better health through better partnerships.” He supports and speaks very highly of HOSA and the extremely professional students emerging from this outstanding National organization.
Kaylie submitted her project in Dallas at ILC that won at the State level in Atlanta and was honored to bring home a Recognition Award for The Outstanding HOSA Chapter at the International level as well. Her Healthcare teacher and HOSA Advisor, Megan King, and Past HOSA President, Rachel Sosna, appointed and inducted Kaylie in May as incoming President of Etowah High School’s HOSA Board of Officers for the 2018-2019 school year.
HOSA’s motto, adopted by the delegate assembly in 1978 is “The Hands of Youth Mold the Health of Tomorrow” By exemplifying HOSA’s core values: Learn. Lead. Serve. Innovate, HOSA members continue to excel academically, serve their communities exceptionally and pave the way for the future of health.