PENNSYLVANIA HOSA & the 2016 FIRST INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REPORT

HOSA: INNOVATE-INSPIRE-IGNITE!

2015-16 HOSA National Theme

Nashville, Tennessee was the site where HOSA members from the United States, Canada, American Samoa, Italy, Puerto Rico and Mexico gathered to help HOSA-Future Health Professionals celebrate their 40th anniversary during the 39th leadership conference and very first International Leadership Conference (ILC). During this celebratory conference our Pennsylvania delegation of 214 students, advisors and family members made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Our delegation was inspired as they took in all that the conference had to offer especially as they learned about innovative health care technologies and helped ignite the conference general sessions though their vigorous cheering in support of our PENN HOSA members and State association being recognized for so many reasons.

It has been said that numbers tell the story so allow us to share some numbers with you as we recant the happenings at ILC 2016.

ILC by the Numbers:

  • Total national HOSA membership: 203,000 members (11% increase in membership)
  • Total number of consecutive years of membership growth: 32
  • Total ILC registration: 9,200 students, advisors, judges and guests – largest HOSA conference ever! (7.6% increase over the 2015 conference)
  • Total number of competitors: 6,644 competitors in three levels: secondary, post-secondary & 126 middle school members
  • Total number of health related events: 57 with 13 specific events designated for middle school competitors
  • Total number of health-related workshops: 143
  • Total number of exhibitors: 94
  • Total amount of scholarship money awarded to 85 HOSA members: $68,000.00
  • Total number of medals won by PENN HOSA secondary members: 3
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER COMPTITIVE EVENT MEDAL
Michelle Bauer St. Mary’s Area High School Healthy Lifestyle Gold
Kaitlin Valentine Berks CTC-East HOSA PM Speaking Skills Gold
Leah Gabler St. Mary’s Area High School Dental Terminology Bronze
  • Total number of secondary PENN HOSA competitors placing in the Top Ten: 8
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER COMPETITIVE EVENT TOP TEN PLACEMENT
Emily Renninger Western Montgomery CTC Dental Science 6th
Megan Campbell Butler County AVTS-Butler Unus Personal Care 7th
Rachel Bauer St. Mary’s Area High School Sports Medicine 7th
Emily Corrado Hazleton Area Academy of Science Prepared Speaking 7th
Fridlie Clermy & Teresa Quann Franklin Learning Center Health Education 7th
Catherine Li Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy Medical Spelling 8th
Amanda Booher Clarion County Career Center Nursing Assisting 10th
  • Total number of post-secondary PENN HOSA competitors placing in the Top Ten: 5
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER COMPETITIVE EVENT TOP TEN PLACEMENT
Cynthia Nichols YTI Career Institute-York Campus Medical Assisting 4th
Harshit Agarwal University of Pittsburgh Medical Math 5th
Denise Quillen YTI Career Institute- Lancaster Campus Job Seeking Skills 5th
Brittani Emig YTI Career Institute-York Campus Medical Math 8th
Jenna Eckenrode YTI Career Institute-York Campus Medical Terminology 10th
  • Total number of PENN HOSA members chosen to receive one of the scholarships through HOSA’s scholarship program from the sponsor Chegg: 1
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED
Keerthana Samanthapudi North Allegheny Intermediate HS $1,000.00
  • Total number of PENN HOSA members chosen to participate in the 2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar, a week-long seminar hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) with support from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (OSG) and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS). This year’s Public Health Leadership Seminar will be conducted July 11-15 in Washington, D.C. Only 10 applicants chosen.
PARTICIPANT SCHOOL
Marcus Henderson, 2011-12 PENN HOSA State President Graduate of Franklin Learning Center
Senior nursing student at University of Penn
  • Total number of Outstanding Advisors in the Secondary Division: 1
ADVISOR SCHOOL
Olga Torres Mastbaum High School-Nursing Hearts
  • Total number of Outstanding Advisors in the Postsecondary Division: 1
ADVISOR SCHOOL
Angie Kann York Technical Institute-York Campus
  • Total number of Outstanding State Leaders: 1
ADVISOR SCHOOL
Steven Filby, 2015-16 Eastern Regional VP Berks Career & Technology Center-East Campus
  • Total number of chapters receiving recognition for HOSA Chapter Reflection: 2
    This recognition event encourages local HOSA chapters to achieve the goals of HOSA by implementing a plan of work with a focus on the development of leadership skills, career opportunities, and service-learning among chapter members, and to document their achievements in the form of a chapter reflection book. This event is designed to recognize excellence.
Franklin Learning Center
Mastbaum HS – Nursing Hearts
  • Total number of secondary chapters receiving Certificates of Recognition for donating $100.00 or 100 volunteer hours to the National Service Project, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: 16
    • Total number of volunteer hours donated by PENN HOSA members: 1,140
    • Total amount of money donated by PENN HOSA chapters: $5,230.79

    The HOSA National Service Project involves the sponsorship of a national healthcare organization by local HOSA chapters who plan service projects to support the selected organization.
    2014-2016 Service Organization: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society http://www.lls.org

Beaver County CTC-AM Ohana & Beaver County CTC-PM Health Occ Heroes
BCTC West Campus Early Birds
Berks CTC – West – Sunrise & Berks CTC – West – Sunset
Clarion County Career Center AM & Clarion County Career Center PM
Cumberland-Perry AVTS CPAVTS Nursing Assistant
Franklin Learning Center
Greene County CTC-AM & Greene County CTC-PM
Hazleton Area Academy of Science
Mastbaum HS-Mastbaum Striders
Mastbaum HS-Nursing Hearts
Randolph Academy – Oral Health
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride
  • Total number of secondary chapters receiving a Certificate of Merit for donating over $500.00 or 500 volunteer hours to the National Service Project, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: 3
Butler Co. AVTS – Butler Duo
Career Institute of Technology
Carbon Career & Technical Institute
  • Number assigned to serve as General Session Courtesy Corps to monitor members’ attire as they entered the session: 3
NAME SCHOOL
Mary Nguyen South Philadelphia HS
Julian Vallejo Mastbaum HS-Nursing Hearts
Alondra Rivera Mastbaum HS-Nursing Hearts
ADDITIONAL COURTESY CORPS assigned to general duties at the conference
School: Mastbaum HS-Nursing Hearts
Yareiny Collazo; Christine Ellis; Francisca Guddah; Leyshka Mateo; Amarilis Mora; Anne Moreno; Janmarilyn Ramirez-Matos; Julitza Tremlos; Sharnay Young
    • Total number of PENN HOSA members receiving the Barbara James Service Award for performing a minimum of 50 community service volunteer hours: 22
      • Number of hours volunteered by PENN HOSA members in 2015-2016: 5,537.05

      This award seeks to recognize individual HOSA members who have a commitment to community service in health and/or health care. Bronze = 100-174 hrs. Silver = 175-249 hrs. Gold = 250+ hrs.

SCHOOL/CHAPTER NAME
Beaver County CTC-AM Ohana Leigh, Brittany, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-AM Ohana Ames, Harley, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-PM Health Occ Heroes Gulish, Rebecca, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-PM Health Occ Heroes Scott, McKayla, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-PM Health Occ Heroes Hanbury, Heavenly, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-AM Ohana Fleissner, Julia, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-AM Ohana Hoffman, Nichole, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-AM Ohana Leigh, Kayla, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-PM Health Occ Heroes Brummitt, Shea, Bronze
Beaver County CTC-PM Health Occ Heroes Viscuso, Breana, Bronze
Berks CTC – West – Sunrise Klein, Ben, Silver
Berks CTC – West – Sunrise Boyer, Andrea, Silver
Butler Co. AVTS – Butler Duo Fisher, Brooke, Bronze
Carbon Career & Technical Institute PM Anthony, Nicole, Gold
Carbon Career & Technical Institute PM Berger, Alexis, Gold
Kensington Health Science Academy Rodriguez, Stephanie, Silver
Kensington Health Science Academy Martinez, Tatianna, Bronze
Kensington Health Science Academy Bazemore, Kymonni, Bronze
Kensington Health Science Academy Willis, Deia, Bronze
Kensington Health Science Academy-Dental Achievers Rosado, Destinee, Bronze
Mastbaum HS-Mastbaum Striders Jean-Marie, Marie, Silver
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride Wood, Nyasia, Bronze
    • Number of State flag bearers: 1

Christina Rudderow
2016-2017 PENN HOSA State President

  • Total number of PENN HOSA chapters receiving recognition for HOSA Happenings: 5
    Chapters produce a chapter newsletter presented in a manner that celebrates the chapter members and their achievements, as well as shares information with readers that is health science-related. Chapters tell the story of their chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals, throughout the year, using a print newsletter, electronic newsletter, or website.

Franklin Learning Center (Secondary)
Laurel Technical Institute – Sharon (Postsecondary/Collegiate)
Mastbaum High School – Nursing Hearts (Secondary)
Reading-Muhlenberg CTC – HOSA Freedom (Secondary)
Reading-Muhlenberg CTC – HOSA Pride (Secondary)

  • Number of Voting Delegates: 6
    Voting Delegates are responsible for electing the National Officers for the 2016-2017 membership year and for taking action on all HOSA business.
SECONDARY VOTING DELEGATES: 2016-17 PENN HOSA Executive Council Members
NAME SCHOOL
Christina Rudderow, President Berks CTC-East Campus
Bailey Wright, Secretary Carbon County CTI
Jordy Atencia, Historian Franklin Learning Center
SECONDARY VOTING DELEGATE 2015-16 PENN HOSA Executive Council Member
Steven Filby, 2015-16 Eastern Regional Vice President Berks CTC-East Campus
POST-SECONDARY VOTING DELEGATES
Ankitha Iyer, Immediate Past Chapter Secretary University of Pittsburgh
Meredith Lie-Atjam, Chapter Secretary University of Pittsburgh
  • Number of National Officer Candidates: 1
Harshit Agarwal, University of Pittsburgh
Harsh passed the National Candidate’s Test, aced the interview process and was slated as
a candidate for Postsecondary Board Representative
  • Number of State personnel assisting with Round One at PENN HOSA’s sponsored competitive event of Job Seeking Skills: 30
Event Manager (EM) Traci Wildeson Clarion County Career Center
Quality Assurance Mary Makuta Hazleton Area Career Center
Proctors (Application) 1.Kelly Ruth Berks CTC-West Campus
2. Edwin Torres Mastbaum High School
3. Therese Matthews Berks CTC-West Campus
4. Elizabeth Mitsch Beaver County CTC
Report & Evaluation Room Facilitator Angie Kann YTI – York Campus
Event Assistants to help Report & Evaluation Room Facilitator 1. Carly Fisher YTI -Lancaster Campus
2. Michael Nieves Kensington Health Science Academy
Traffic Flow Facilitator to get competitors to correct section location Diann Hopely Delaware County Technical HS-Folcroft
Event Assistants to help Traffic Flow Facilitator 1. Deissy Cinto Mastbaum HS-Nursing Hearts   Advisor: Olga Torres
2. Kymoni Bazemore Kensington Health Science Academy     Advisor: Karen Finkelstein
Section 1 in Ryman Studio F
Section Leader (SL) Christine Sekul Delaware County Technical HS-Folcroft
Time Keeper (TK) Rebecca Romagna Greater Altoona CTC-PNP
Event Assistant (EA) Jordan Reaser Berks CTC-East Advisor: Maureen Longenecker
Section 2 in Ryman Studio G
Section Leader (SL) Tami Bruni Butler County AVTS
Time Keeper (TK) Alexis Casale TCHS – Pennock’s Bridge Campus
Event Assistant (EA) Mary Sweeny Hazleton Area Career Center
Section 3 in Ryman Studio H
Section Leader (SL) Christine Scarle YTI -Lancaster Campus
Time Keeper (TK) Mary Barr Lancaster County CTC
Event Assistant (EA) Olivia Scarle YTI -Lancaster Campus
Section 4 in Ryman Studio I 
Section Leader (SL) Barbara Coyle Delaware Valley HS
Time Keeper (TK) Maura Makuta Hazleton Area Career Center
Event Assistant (EA) Cheyenne Pistorius Butler County AVTS
Section 5 in Ryman Studio J
Section Leader (SL) Heather Zornek Franklin County CTC
Time Keeper (TK) Marla Moore Western Montgomery CTC
Event Assistant (EA) Jose Perez Kensington Health Science Academy-Dental Achievers
Section 6 in Ryman Studio K
Section Leader (SL) Steve Bauer St. Mary’s HS
Time Keeper (TK) Stacey Wheaton Greene County CTC
Event Assistant (EA) Candace Wheaton Greene County CTC
  • Number of local chapter Advisors assigned to judge Outstanding HOSA Chapter event: 2
Jessica Way, Franklin Learning Center
Olga Torres, Mastbaum HS-Nursing Hearts
  • Number of local chapter advisors assigned as Entertainment Chaperones: 3
NAME SCHOOL
Karen Finkelstein Kensington Health Science Academy
Jane Caretti St. Mary’s HS
Colin Chrestay Franklin Learning Center
  • Number of PENN HOSA officers and members assisting the National Officers with rehearsal for the Friday evening Recognition Session: 12
    Practicing with the National Executive Council afforded our members a unique opportunity to interact with the officers and to experience the feeling of conducting the session on stage.
NAME SCHOOL
Christiana Rudderow, PENN HOSA President Berks CTC-East Campus
Bailey Wright, PENN HOSA Secretary Carbon CTI
Jordy Atencia, PENN HOSA Historian Franklin Learning Center
Steven Filby, PENN HOSA 2015-16 Eastern Regional VP Berks CTC-East Campus
Anne Moreno, Leyshka Mateo, Yarieny Collazo, and Sharnay Young Mastbaum HS-Nursing Hearts chapter members
Emilianna Kim, Elton Veseli, Sanjay Deel and Matthew Kermitz Lehigh CTI Emerging-Health Professionals chapter members

Additionally………………..

  • PENNsylvania HOSA was recognized with a plaque for membership increase in 2015-2016 and is proud to be counted as one of the many states experiencing membership growth!
  • PENN HOSA also received the highest honor of being recognized as the Most Professionally Dressed State Association at the conference. What an honor for our delegation to be awarded this recognition out of the 9,200 individuals at the conference!!! CONGRATULATIONS to the delegation for earning this distinction.
  • HOSA-Leadership, Service, Engagement is the 2016-2017 HOSA National theme
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) serves as the 2016-2018 National Service Project. To learn more about this largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness visit http://www.nami.org.

Thank you to……………..

  • everyone at the local schools for believing in and supporting our advisors and students as they made plans to attend the conference
  • the local communities for their support
  • families who cheered on the competitors
  • our fantastic local chapter advisors who, without their support and participation, PENN HOSA would not have been as visible and interactive as we were
  • anyone who made a difference in the life of a PENN HOSA member

Finally…………………..

The goal of HOSA-Future Health Professionals is straightforward–to be recognized as the pipeline for future health professionals in the health industry — public and private. For young people who wish to prepare themselves for a career in the health industry, our goal is to provide them with integrated classroom experiences, projects and activities that will enhance their personal, leadership and professional development and opportunities for recognition at the local, state and national levels.

PENN HOSA’s goal will be in line with the 2016-2017 HOSA National theme as we continue to offer our members activities providing opportunities for Leadership, Service, Engagement in order to help our members reach their goals of becoming successful, productive and happy future health professionals!

To learn more about HOSA-Future Health Professionals check out the following websites:

State website www.pahosa.org

National website www.hosa.org

To contact the PENN HOSA State Executive Director/State Advisor, Janet Nelson: janetnelsonhosa@gmail.com

PENN HOSA wishes everyone a splendid summer where you can kick off your shoes, run barefoot in the grass or sand, drink a refreshing cool lemonade or ice tea, and simply have some well-deserved fun in the sun!

Report prepared by: Janet E. Nelson, PENN HOSA Executive Director and State Advisor

PENN HOSA’S 37TH STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REPORT

“One of my favorite things ever is to be there as first-year members experience their first SLC- I tell them they won’t be disappointed- and they never are.” These words were written in an email message sent by one of the advisors following our 37th PENN HOSA State Leadership Conference (SLC) held March 9-11, 2016 at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center. PENN HOSA continues to hold this yearly conference with the goal of offering all attendees numerous experiences that will enrich their personal and professional growth.

Our 746 secondary students and twenty seven (27) postsecondary students registered to serve in one of three capacities; Chapter Voting/Alternate Delegates; Event Assistants; Competitors. The seventy seven (77) Delegates were chosen to represent their local chapters at the State Leadership Conference. The delegates are an exclusive group and have the following responsibilities at the conference:

  1. Screening and electing state officers for the following year
  2. Participating in Leadership Development activities; the current State officers held two (2) symposia titled PENN HOSA Leadership Academy (PHLA), patterned after the national HOSA Leadership Academy
  3. Serving on one of four committees, Ceremonial, Bylaws, Leadership Skills and Public Relations/News Media, and presenting recommendations at the House of Delegates’ Session
  4. Voting on issues that may come before the assembly
  5. Presenting a chapter report during the Voting Delegates’ Business Session
  6. Upon return to class, presenting to his/her local chapter an informative report of what transpired at the conference

The Delegates elected the following officers to serve as the 2016-2017 PENN HOSA Executive Council team:

President: Christina Rudderow, Berks CTC-East Campus, Advisor Maureen Longenecker

Vice President: Kyle Bresnan, Archbishop Wood High School, Advisor Dr. Joseph Gerald Halloran

Secretary: Bailey Wright, Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Advisor, Michele Dominic

Historian: Jordy Atencia, Franklin Learning Center, Advisor, Jessica Way

Serving as the Officer Coordinator for the year is Maureen Longenecker, local chapter advisor from Berks Career and Technology Center-East Campus. Marcus Henderson, 2012-2013 PENN HOSA State President, serves as the Assistant to the Officer Coordinator. Donna Pavlovic, past Officer Coordinator, and Marcus Henderson worked closely with the Executive Council team at this year’s conference.

Forty four (44) student members served as Event Assistants. An Event Assistant either assists the Event Manager or role plays a patient/victim for a Skill Event or helps in various positions with advisors or works as a liaison between Conference Headquarters and Tabulations. An Event Assistant’s responsibility begins at the event orientation and concludes when dismissed by the conference personnel.

Two intense days occurred during which the secondary and postsecondary competitors tested their skills and knowledge in one of the forty six (46) health related competitive events offered. These events presented our members the chance to compete as individuals or collaboratively as teams. Additionally 100 competitors also registered to take the Healthcare Issues Exam. The culmination of the competitors’ efforts was realized at the Grand Awards Session. A comprehensive listing of all winners is attached with this report and can be found on our State Website at pahosa.org. All competitive event winners are eligible to attend the 39th HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Nashville, Tennessee, June 22-25, 2016. At the ILC Pennsylvania will sponsor the competitive event of Job Seeking Skills and state event personnel will be assigned to participate in the event process. As a member of the HOSA National Competitive Event Leadership team, PENN HOSA Executive Director/State Advisor Janet Nelson will complete her eighth year of involvement where she holds the position of Chairperson for the Health Science and Recognition Events. Several of our state officers, members and local chapter advisors have registered to attend various Leadership Universities offered at the ILC.

Eighteen (18) educational, product knowledge and fundraising company representatives introduced the attendees to their areas of expertise. Traveling from as far away as Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, and Maryland and as close as Hershey, Reading, State College, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Oakdale, Pennsylvania, the exhibitors spent a fulfilling day interacting with our members and guests while sharing valuable information. The networking with the exhibitors gave our conference attendees the experience of developing their soft skills while enjoying an exchange of information.

Eight (8) one-hour long educational symposia with a wide array of topics offered a variety of choices to our attendees. Symposia opened to both students and advisors included:

“We All Have A Story OR #Umatter”, presented by Melissa Ann Hopely, Public Speaker and Author of “The People You Meet in Real Life”, shared her personal story of years of battling mental health issues, self-doubt and bullying and how she found support and help. Melissa shared her story to let students know their story matters and they are not alone.

“PENN HOSA Leadership Academy (PHLA) – Speaking Skills” saw our current PENN HOSA Officer team offering students the opportunity to interact with the current PENN HOSA Officers and discover the fun in leadership through an interactive presentation on speaking skills. Members were encouraged to express their vision for HOSA by sharing ideas with fellow members from all over the state. PHLA focused on helping student members grow as a student, as a leader, and as a HOSA member overall. Participants were awarded an awesome certificate along with a whole new perspective on leadership.

“PENN HOSA Leadership Academy – How to Become a State Officer & Innovate, Inspire, Ignite Your Local Chapter”. Led by the current PENN HOSA Officer team student members were helped to unlock their inner leadership potential. In this session members delved into topics on how to become a state officer and to explore the path to inspiring, igniting, and innovating as a leader of HOSA. With plenty of fun icebreakers, games, and prizes, the officers educated HOSA members on leadership while having a good time. Certificates were given to all members in attendance.

The 2015-2016 PENN HOSA Executive Council members were: President Keerthana Samanthapudi, North Allegheny Intermediate High School, Advisor, Robyn Kulchock; Vice President James Babinetz, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, Advisor Marsha Moyer; Central Regional Vice President, Kyle Bresnan, Archbishop Wood HS, Advisor Dr. Joseph Gerald Halloran; Eastern Regional Vice President Steven Filby, Berks CTC-East, Advisor Mae Endy; Western Regional Vice President Bailey Wright, Carbon Career &Technical Institute, Advisor Michele Dominic; Secretary Maria Ortiz Ortiz, TCHS Pennocks Bridge, Advisor Virginia White; and Historian Destiny Davalos, Mastbaum HS, Advsior Olga Torres.

“A Brief Introduction to Herbal Medicine” presented by Karen Narkevic, Director, UPHCSA, offered facts on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and how their use is becoming more popular and accepted by a large majority of the United States population. Specific information was shared on herbal medicine and the medicinal use of herbs. Participants had the opportunity to make a form of herbal medicine to take with them.

“Memory Power for Health Education”, presented by Dean Vaughn, Author, DCM/Instructional Systems and President, Dean Vaughn Learning Systems, Inc., published by Peterson’s®, a Nelnet® company., offered participants methods to memorize material and the ability to apply it to all phases of occupational and professional achievement. Dean Vaughn is the world’s leading author of applied memory programs for a wide range of subjects. His total retention courses for allied health education have revolutionized the teaching of medical terminology and basic human anatomy.

“How I survived Necrotizing Fasciitis (aka Flesh Eating Bacteria)” was presented by Lisa Landis-Blowers, WJTL Radio Host; KCB Creator & Host. Shared through words and pictures Lisa fascinated her audience as she recanted how her summer vacation resulted in thirteen (13) surgeries in one month, a one-month hospital stay and several months recouping at home. Lisa kept her audience on the edge of their seats while sharing her terrifying battle with this unexpected health event.

“Applying and Interviewing for A Job – Do’s and Don’ts”. Presenters Grace Vazquez, Country Meadows Director of Career Outreach and Kathy Kissinger, Country Meadows HR Employment Manager gave useful tips on the stressful aspects of preparing for and finding a job and how to convince a company that you are the best qualified candidate for the job. Various topics addressed and discussed included resume writing, filling out an application and preparing for an interview, types of questions that might be asked during an interview, the expectations when interviewing for a job, and the qualities employers are seeking from candidates. This interactive presentation provided our members with a more directed approach for use in their future job interviews.

“Learning to Care for Those in Harm’s Way” provided an introduction to admission requirements, military service requirements and the unique comradery that is created within the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), a unique place to attend medical school as it allows the medical student to care for a very special population of active duty personal, their families and retirees. Presenter 2d Lt Elizabeth Okonek, 3rd year medical student at USUHS, also talked about the one of a kind 4th year medical student event called Bushmaster and other exceptional operational experiences USUHS students can participate in during their training. The unique school is home to a blended student population consisting of students with prior service, military academy graduates, ROTC graduates and individuals with no prior service. USUHS curriculum aims to create not only well rounded and knowledgeable physicians but also military officers who have the potential to deploy to combat zones, deploy on humanitarian missions, participate in teaching and research, as well as hold high level leadership positions within the military healthcare system.

Our Opening Session witnessed some innovative methods by the Executive Council team as they enhanced a stage set that contributed to a more professional appearance and presented the officers opportunities to run the session with efficiency, professionalism and creativity. Contributing encouraging words based on the National theme of HOSA: Innovate, Inspire, Ignite were given by Kathleen Bello, PENN HOSA, Inc., Board Chair, and Janet Nelson, PENN HOSA Executive Director/State Advisor.

Our Keynote Speaker, Nick Scott, shared an inspirational message centered on “Ignite the Fire Within”. Once an average high school student with a place on the football team and a love of athletics, Nick’s life was changed in an instant when he emerged severely injured from the wreckage that used to be his vehicle. He suddenly found himself paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. All of his hopes and dreams were replaced by decisions of how to survive from day to day. He lived through near homelessness, hopelessness and helplessness until he made the decision to live life to the fullest and went from a state of disability to ability. He now achieves goals once thought far out of reach. His incredible journey puts him in the position to motivate everyone who hears his story. Nick’s message inspired the conference attendees to pursue their dreams by igniting their passion for life as they concentrate on entering the health field.

Additionally, four (4) officer candidates gave their campaign speeches before the members were dismissed from the Opening Session to attend competitive event orientations and committee meetings.

The purpose of the Recognition Session is to bring acknowledgement to individuals and chapters for their accomplishments with HOSA-Future Health Professionals. At this session two (2) speakers addressed issues pertinent to the members. Kathleen Bello, PENN HOSA, Inc., Board Chair, spoke about the importance of each person’s role at the conference and gave further words of encouragement. Michael Leader, President and CEO of Country Meadows Retirement Communities and Penn HOSA Foundation Board member, shared information about the scholarships being awarded by the Foundation.

Certificates of Recognition were awarded for:

  • 100% Chapter Membership (62 chapters)
  • Barbara James Service Award for Volunteering 50+ hours (36 members)
  • Charters presented to new chapters affiliating with HOSA-Future Health Professionals (4)
  • HOSA Happenings: Multimedia Chapter Communications Event (4 chapters)
  • National Service Project- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (26 chapters)
  • Penn HOSA Foundation Scholarship Donations (29 chapters); Michael Leader, President and CEO of Country
  • Meadows Retirement Communities and Penn HOSA Foundation Board member, presented certificates

Appreciation to local chapter Advisors for their years of service to PENN HOSA was awarded to the following advisor:

ADVISOR SCHOOL YEARS OF SERVICE
Tricia Evans York Technical Institute-Lancaster Campus 10

Steven Filby, PENN HOSA Eastern Regional Vice President 2015-16, was selected by his fellow officers to receive the honor of Outstanding State Leader. Presented annually this award recognizes one officer for his/her commitment to HOSA and outstanding leadership during time in office. Steven will attend the 39th HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) and be recognized on the international level for his leadership skills.

This year PENN HOSA had the honor of presenting Outstanding HOSA Advisor recognition awards to a local chapter advisor in the Secondary division and in the Postsecondary division. Secondary division recognition was awarded to Olga Torres, local chapter advisor from Mastbaum High School. In addition to her responsibilities as a local chapter advisor, Olga serves as the Philadelphia citywide HOSA advisor and was the recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teacher Award, the highest award given to teachers by the School District of Philadelphia in recognition of her continuous efforts and dedication to the students at Mastbaum High School as well as the entire city of Philadelphia. Most recently she served as the local chapter advisor for Destiny Davalos, PENN HOSA Historian. And in the postsecondary division Angie Kann, local chapter advisor for the York Technical Institute-York Campus, was honored for her outstanding service and dedication to HOSA and her chapter members. Since joining HOSA Angie has worked tirelessly to help her postsecondary members overcome some personal barriers and challenges as they share HOSA’s message in their school and the community at large. Her members place consistently at State and National Conferences. And most recently Angie received recognition at her school for saving the life of a gentleman. Both advisors will receive additional recognition at the ILC in Nashville, Tennessee.

Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest and most uplifting things a person can hear. So very simply PENN HOSA extends our deepest appreciation to the following:

  • Administrators for supporting HOSA activities for members and advisors throughout the entire year and approved their attendance at the conference;
  • School support staff for working with the advisors and students;
  • PDE staff members for continuing support of PENN HOSA throughout this year;
  • PENN HOSA, Inc. Board Chairman for performing a variety of assignments during the conference;
  • PENN HOSA, Inc., Board members for offering supportive, innovative ideas to keep us moving forward;
  • PENN HOSA local chapter advisors for leading by example when the going gets challenging;
  • Local chapter advisors for exemplifying the HOSA motto as they, in the classroom and during the conference, enhanced the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community;
  • Student members who chose to participate in the conference and received so many compliments from the hotel staff members and exhibitors for their professional appearance and politeness; you continue to make your advisors, schools, parents and PENN HOSA extremely proud!!;
  • Cumberland Perry AVTS Horticulture instructor and students for the beautiful boutonnieres and corsages for the officers, roses for the advisor recognition, the ferns adorning the stage and for manning a flower stand at the conference;
  • Cumberland Perry local chapter advisors and student members who transported the ferns;
  • Cumberland Perry Warehouse instructor and students for storing our event boxes;
  • Our Co-Treasurer for handling the financial aspects of the conference;
  • Executive Council team and their Officer Coordinator and Assistant to the Officer Coordinator for greeting members and guests and conducting successful sessions, committee meetings and symposia;
  • Executive Council members for encouraging senior members to join the growing number of HOSA Alumni;
  • Advisors to the Executive Council team for supporting their respective officer throughout the year and especially during the conference;
  • Eighty three (83) advisors and seventeen (17) chaperones who took their roles seriously and supervised the students;
  • School Directors, Penn HOSA Foundation, Inc. Board members and special honored guests attending our sessions;
  • Co-Director of Competitive Events for outstanding preparation and follow through of a successful competitive events’ component of the conference;
  • Category Chairs on the Competitive Events Leadership Committee for your commitment and support
    before, during and after the conference;
  • Sixty+ (60+) local chapter advisors serving as Event Managers; without your support and willingness to share your expertise, time and talents our competitors would not have the opportunity to experience competition on this level;
  • One (1) student member who sang the National Anthem respectfully and beautifully at our three General Sessions;
  • Four (4) candidates and their advisors who assisted and supported them throughout the application process;
  • Three (3) volunteers in Headquarters who assisted our attendees “behind the scene”;
  • Five (5) volunteer personnel and one (1) Tabulations Coordinator for running Tabulations;
  • One (1) national HOSA staff member helping in Tabulations;
  • Two (2) Competitive Events Set-up personnel;
  • One (1) PDE Program Specialist;
  • Special speakers at our corporate meeting;
  • Several alumni members assisting in various roles;
  • 120 volunteer judges for the competitive event competitions;
  • Keynote Speaker and Special Speakers at our sessions;
  • Grand Awards announcer for being enthusiastic, encouraging and flexible in his role;
  • Conference photographer for taking photos and producing a memorable conference video;
  • Coordinator of Exhibitors and Event Assistants;
  • Coordinator of the many symposia;
  • Five (5) student members serving in the innovative position of Symposia Ambassadors;
  • Certificate Coordinator;
  • Event Manager Coordinator;
  • Manager of our HOSA store;
  • Bingo announcer;
  • PENN HOSA Idol judges;
  • Conference Registrar;
  • Educational and product knowledge exhibitors;
  • Everyone who served as a presenter during one of the educational symposia;
  • The very helpful staff at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center for working tirelessly to meet our needs;
  • Anyone who volunteered to assist “in any way possible”!

Through membership in HOSA-Future Health Professionals, and especially in regard to participation at PENN HOSA’s 37th State Leadership Conference, our members have been able to experience innovative ideas and activities which served to inspire them to be ignited about a future in health care. For some, the fire within will be used to continue preparations for attendance at the International Leadership Conference in Tennessee. For others that same fire will spur them to doing even bigger and better things with HOSA. And for those members continuing to make their dreams of becoming future health professionals, that same fire will be evidenced as they share their passion and love of the health field with those around them. Why just read about the fun and excitement our members have at SLC? Start making plans now to attend PENN HOSA’s 38th State Leadership Conference and experience first-hand what HOSA-Future Health Professionals is all about!

2014-15 HOSA Future Health Professionals’ National Leadership Conference (NLC)

PENNSYLVANIA HOSA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REPORT

HOSA: LEAD!
2014-15 HOSA National Theme

It is our pleasure to share details of HOSA Future Health Professionals’ National Leadership Conference (NLC) held at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California from June 24 – 27, 2015.  The Pennsylvania delegation in attendance at the west coast conference site was comprised of 205 students, advisors, family and guests.

Now for NLC by the Numbers:

  • Total national HOSA membership: 180,680 members (9% increase in membership)
  • Total number of consecutive years of membership growth:  31
  • Total NLC registration:  8,550 students, advisors, judges and guests – largest NLC ever!
  • Total number of competitors:  6,375 competitors in 54 events and two levels (secondary & post-secondary)
  • Total number of health-related workshops:  121
  • Total number of exhibitors:  73
  • Total amount of scholarship money awarded to 83 HOSA members: $89,300.00
  • Total number of medals won by PENN HOSA secondary members: 4
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER COMPTITIVE EVENT MEDAL
Brittany Reitler Butler Co. AVTS Personal Care Gold
MyKalan Mendoza Berks CTC-East HOSA PM Speaking Skills Silver
Kira Griffith Chester Co. Technical College HS-Pennock’s Bridge Medical Assisting Bronze
Sadia Rafi Berks CTC-East HOSA PM Interviewing Skills Bronze
  • Total number of medals won by PENN HOSA post-secondary members: 3
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER COMPTITIVE EVENT MEDAL
Isabella Chitty & Katheryn Meeder YTl Career Institute-York Campus CPR/First Aid Silver
Alison Brandt YTI Career Institute-Lancaster Campus Job Seeking Skills Silver
  • Total number of secondary PENN HOSA competitors placing in the Top Ten:  6
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER COMPETITIVE EVENT TOP TEN PLACEMENT
Emily Renningler Western Montgomery CTC Dental Science 4th
Patrick Kelly Central Montco Technical High School Knowledge Test-Pharmacology 6th
Samantha Diaz, Sarah Heiter, Marissa Kula, and Autumn Schray Lehigh CTI – Emerging Health professionals Blue Team Creative Problem Solving 9th
  • Total number of post-secondary PENN HOSA competitors placing in the Top Ten:  12
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER COMPETITIVE EVENT TOP TEN PLACEMENT
Ashlea Minnich YTI Career Institute- Lancaster Campus Knowledge Test-Pharmacology 5th
Danielle Hammons & Abigail Warner YTI Career Institute-York Campus CPR/First Aid 5th
Elizabeth Boyd YTI Career Institute-York Campus Medical Reading 6th
Erin Stephens Greater Altoona CTC- PN Program Extemporaneous Writing 6th
Kelsey Stayrook YTI Career Institute-York Campus Medical Spelling 6th
Megan Greider YTI Career Institute- Lancaster Campus Medical Photography 6th
Jimell Burgess YTI Career Institute- Lancaster Campus Extemporaneous Health Poster 7th
Kayla Himes YTI Career Institute- Lancaster Campus Medical Spelling 8th
Brittani Emig YTI Career Institute-York Campus Knowledge Test-Human Growth & Development 9th
Cindy Nichols & Brittany Smith YTI Career Institute-York Campus Health Career Display 9th
  • Total number of post-secondary PENN HOSA competitors receiving Recognition for Mastery Level on the Heath Care Issues Exam: 1
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER COMPETITIVE EVENT TOP TEN PLACEMENT
Allen Hu Pittsburgh University Health Care Issues Exam Mastery level
  • Total number of PENN HOSA members chosen to receive one of the scholarships through National HOSA’s scholarship program from the sponsor  ACTE/Health Science Division: 1
NAME SCHOOL/CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED
Julianna Adamitis Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride $400.00
  • Total number of Outstanding Advisors in the Secondary Division: 1
ADVISOR SCHOOL
Mary Makuta Hazleton Area Career Center and Hazleton Area Academy of Science
  • Total number of chapters receiving recognition as an Outstanding HOSA Chapter:  3

HOSA chapter members create a scrapbook to record and preserve their chapter’s achievements during a single school year. Chapters earn points for properly documenting required chapter activities in the scrapbook as described in the event rating sheets. Chapters who earn the required number of points are recognized as an “Outstanding HOSA Chapter.” The scrapbook serves as a yearbook to be kept by the chapter and shared with future chapter members.

Berks CTC-West – Sunrise
Franklin Learning Center
Mastbaum HS – Nursing Hearts
  • Total number of secondary chapters receiving Certificates of Recognition for donating $100.00 or 100 volunteer hours to the National Service Project, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:   15
    • Total number of volunteer hours donated by PENN HOSA members: 542.5
    • Total amount of money donated by PENN HOSA chapters: $4,807.79

The HOSA National Service Project involves the sponsorship of a national healthcare organization by local HOSA chapters. Local chapters plan service projects to support the selected organization.
2014-2016 Service Organization:  Leukemia and Lymphoma Society http://www.lls.org

Archbishop Wood High School
Beaver County CTC-AM & Beaver County-PM
Berks CTC-West-Sunrise
Butler County AVTS-Butler Duo & Butler County AVTS-Butler Tres
Carbon Career & Technical Institute-AM
Delaware County Technical High School-Gold
Franklin Learning Center
Hazleton Area Academy of Science
Hazleton Area Career Center
Lebanon County CTC-HCT HOSA
Paul Robeson High School
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Freedom
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride
  • Total number of secondary chapters receiving a Certificate of Merit for donating over $500.00 or 500 volunteer hours to the National Service Project, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:  2
Berks CTC-East-HOSA AM
Mastbaum High School-Nursing Hearts
  • Number assigned to serve as General Session Courtesy Corps to monitor members attire as they entered the session:  4
NAME SCHOOL
Alicia Jeffers Franklin Learning Center
Jessica Chhan Franklin Learning Center
Brianna Balmer Lebanon County CTC
Jenna Deener St. Mary’s Area High School
  • Total number of PENN HOSA members receiving the Barbara James Service Award for performing a minimum of 50 community service volunteer hours:  31
    • Number of hours volunteered by PENN HOSA members: 3,586

The Barbara James Service Award is in memory of Barbara James, 1982-83 HOSA Inc. Board Chairman.  Her leadership skills and contributions to HOSA exemplify the caring and compassion of HOSA members.  This award seeks to recognize individual HOSA members who have a commitment to community service in health and/or health care.

SCHOOL/CHAPTER NAME
Beaver County CTC-AM Chapter Scarsella, Brittany
Beaver County CTC-AM Chapter Rockwell, Sierra
Beaver County CTC-AM Chapter Smith, Jacoliah
Beaver County CTC-AM Chapter Lee, TyNiesha
Beaver County CTC-AM Chapter Wallace, Jasmine
Beaver County CTC-AM Chapter Miller, Katie
Berks CTC – East – HOSA AM Miller, Felicia
Berks CTC – West – Sunrise Klein, Ben
Berks CTC – West – Sunrise Schlouch, Kyle
Carbon Career & Technical Institute AM McFeeley, Charles
Carbon Career & Technical Institute PM Wright, Bailey
Franklin Learning Center Smith, Tiffany
Franklin Learning Center Leonard, Stephanie
Franklin Learning Center Scott, Tyra
Franklin Learning Center Marshall, Ashley
Franklin Learning Center Chhan, Jessica
Kensington Health Science Academy Rodriguez, Stephanie
Kensington Health Science Academy Bazemore, Kymonni
Kensington Health Science Academy Morrison, Nagee
Kensington Health Science Academy Castillo, Hillyanis
Kensington Health Science Academy-Dental Achievers Fernandez, Chanil
Kensington Health Science Academy-Dental Achievers Fisher, Krista
Mastbaum-Nursing Hearts Davalos, Destiny
Mastbaum-Nursing Hearts Melendez-Beltran, Sarai
Mastbaum-Nursing Hearts Ramirez-Matos, Janmarilyn
Reading Muhlenberg CTC -HOSA Freedom Smith, Cheyenne
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride Esquivel, Melissa
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride Adamitis, Julianna
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride Wood, Nyasia
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride Altreche, Ashley
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride Geltz, Gabrielle
  • Number of State flag bearers:  1
Steven Filby
2015-16 PENN HOSA State Eastern Regional Vice President
  • Total number of PENN HOSA chapters receiving recognition for HOSA Happenings:  1

Chapters produce a chapter newsletter presented in a manner that celebrates the chapter members and their achievements, as well as shares information with readers that is health science-related.  Chapters tell the story of their chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals, throughout the year, using a print newsletter, electronic newsletter, or website.

Mastbaum HS – Nursing Hearts; secondary division
  • Number of Voting Delegates:  6

Voting Delegates are responsible for electing the National Officers for the 2015-2016 membership year and for taking action on all HOSA business.

SECONDARY VOTING DELEGATES: 2015-16 PENN HOSA Executive Council Members
NAME SCHOOL
James Babinetz, Vice President Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
Steven Filby, Eastern Regional Vice President Berks CTC-East Campus
Maria Ortiz Ortiz Chester County Technical High School-Pennock’s Bridge
POST-SECONDARY VOTING DELEGATES
Andrew Liu, chapter member University of Pittsburgh
Harsh Agarwal, chapter member University of Pittsburgh
Allen Hu, chapter member University of Pittsburgh
  • Number of State personnel assisting with Round One at our sponsored competitive event of Home Health Aide:  14
ASSIGNMENT NAME SCHOOL
Event Manager AnneMarie McCauley TCHS- Pennock’s Bridge
Quality Assurance Angie Kann York Technical Institute – York Campus
Section Leader Tracey Petty Martin Luther King HS
Tami Bruni Butler County AVTS
Proctors (written test) Mark Dietrich Reading Muhlenberg CTC
Heather Zornek Western Montgomery CTC
Jessica Way Franklin Learning Center
Donna Pavlovic Lehigh CTI
Steve Bauer St. Mary’s HS
Marsha Moyer Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
Edwin Torres Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
Event Assistants Yareiny Collazo Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
Jessica Chhan Franklin Learning Center  Advisor: Jessica Way
Alicia Jeffers-Howard Franklin Learning Center  Advisor: Jessica Way
  • Number of State personnel assisting with Round Two at our sponsored competitive event of Home Health Aide:  22
ASSIGNMENT NAME SCHOOL
Event Manager Mary Makuta Hazleton Area Career Center
Quality Assurance Traci Wildeson Clarion County Career Center
Report & Evaluation Room Facilitator #1 Susan Wienand Delaware Co. Technical School-Aston Campus
Traffic Flow Facilitator Sera Heil Lehigh CTI   Advisor: Cindy Heil
Traffic Flow Facilitator Cindy Heil Lehigh CTI
Section 1 in Mezzanine #1
Section Leader Lori Mattis Lebanon County CTC
Time Keeper Darlene Chester-Fowler Mastbaum HS
Patient Carmen Rivera Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
Event Assistant Marissa Koch Berks CTC-West  Advisor: Karen Holcombe
Section 2 in Mezzanine #2
Section Leader Marla Moore Franklin County CTC
Time Keeper Mary Barr Lancaster County CTC
Patient Deissy Cinto Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
Event Assistant Janmarilyn Ramirez-Matos Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
Section 3 in Mezzanine #3
Section Leader Barbara Coyle Delaware Valley HS
Time Keeper Tonya Blank Butler County AVTS
Patient Christine Ellis Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
Event Assistant Amarilis Mora Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
Section 4 in Mezzanine #4
Section Leader Jacklyn Rusnock Berks CTC-East Campus
Time Keeper Mary Flanagan Delaware County Technical High School-Folcroft Campus
Hallway Proctor Karen Holcombe Berks CTC-West Campus
Patient Jaeluv Sequinot Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
Event Assistant Saiyanna Stovall Mastbaum HS     Advisor: Olga Torres
  • Number of local chapter Advisors assigned to judge Outstanding HOSA Chapter event:  2
Karen Holcombe, Berks CTC- West
Olga Torres, Mastbaum-Nursing Hearts
  • Number of local chapter advisors assigned as Entertainment Chaperones:  2
NAME SCHOOL
Charles Burckhardt Central Montco Technical High School
Sharla Dunlap Franklin County CTC
  • Number of PENN HOSA officers and members assisting the National Officers with rehearsal for the Friday evening Recognition Session:  15

Practicing with the National Executive Council afforded our members a unique opportunity to interact with the officers and to experience the feeling of conducting the session on a round stage.

NAME SCHOOL
James Babinetz, Vice President Middle Bucks Institute of Technology-Health
Marcus Henderson, 2012-13 PENN HOSA President, Assistant to Officer Coordinator Assistant to Officer Coordinator
Sera Heil Lehigh CTI – Dental
Anneliesse Braden, Rachel Cerrone, Allison Moyer, Jake Wiersch, Samantha Diaz, Sarah Heiter, Marissa Kula, Autumn Schray, Elayne Bodisch, Taylor Duplaga, Lehigh CTI Emerging Health Professionals chapters
Brianna Balmer Lebanon Co. CTC – HCT HOSA

Additionally………………..

  • PENNsylvania HOSA was recognized with a plaque for membership increase in 2014-2015 and is proud to be counted as one of thirty nine (39) states experiencing membership growth!
  • Innovate-Inspire-Ignite! is the 2015-2016 HOSA National theme
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society organization program continues to serve as the 2014-2016 National Service Project

Thank you to……………..

  • everyone at the local schools for believing in and supporting our advisors and students as they made plans to attend the conference
  • the local communities for their support
  • families who cheered on the competitors
  • our fantastic local chapter advisors who, without their support and participation, PENN HOSA would not have been as visible and interactive as we were
  • anyone who made a difference in the life of a PENN HOSA member

Finally…………………..

The goal of HOSA is straightforward–to be recognized as the pipeline for future health professionals in the health industry — public and private.  For young people who wish to prepare themselves for a career in the health industry, our goal is to provide them with integrated classroom experiences, projects and activities that will enhance their personal, leadership and professional development and opportunities for recognition at the local, state and national levels.

PENN HOSA’s goal will be in line with the 2015-2016 HOSA National Theme as we Innovate-Inspire-Ignite our members to reach their goals of becoming successful, productive and happy future health professionals!

To learn more about HOSA check out the following websites:

State website www.pahosa.org

National website www.hosa.org

To contact the PENN HOSA State Executive Director/State Advisor, Janet Nelson:
janetnelsonhosa@gmail.com

Report prepared by:  Janet E. Nelson, PENN HOSA Executive Director and State Advisor

PENN HOSA’S 36TH STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REPORT

PENN HOSA’S 36TH
STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
REPORT 

Memorable experience; friendships; educational; fun; food; learning; stressful; engaging; these are just a few of the words that PENN HOSA students responded with when asked about their recent experience at our 36th PENN HOSA State Leadership Conference (SLC) held March 11-13 at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center.  The yearly conference is held to offer multiple experiences to all attendees that will help in their personal and professional growth.

Our 815 secondary students and thirty two (32) postsecondary students registered to serve in one of three capacities; Chapter Voting/Alternate Delegates; Event Assistants; Competitors.  The ninety one (91) Delegates were chosen to represent their local chapters at the State Leadership Conference.  The delegates are an exclusive group and have the following responsibilities at the conference:

  1. Screening and electing state officers for the following year
  2. Participating in Leadership Development activities; the current State officers held two (2) symposia
  3. Serving on one of four committees, Ceremonial, Bylaws,  Leadership Skills and Public Relations/News Media, and presenting  recommendations at the House of Delegates’ Session
  4. Voting on issues that may come before the assembly
  5. Presenting a chapter report during the Voting Delegates’ Business Session
  6. Upon return to class, presenting to his/her local chapter an informative report of what transpired at the conference

The Delegates elected the following officers to serve as the 2015-16 PENN HOSA Executive Council team:

President:  Keerthana Samanthapudi, North Allegheny Intermediate High School, Advisor Robyn Kulchock

Vice President:   James Babinetz, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, Advisor Marsha Moyer

Central Regional Vice President:  Kyle Bresnan, Archbishop Wood High School, Advisor Louise Ciabarra

Eastern Regional Vice President:  Steven Filby, Berks Career & Technology Center-East, Advisor Maureen Longenecker

Western Regional Vice President: Bailey Wright, Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Advisor, Michele Dominic

Secretary:  Maria Ortiz Ortiz, TCHS Pennock’s Bridge, Advisor AnneMarie McCauley

Historian:  Destiny Davalos, Mastbaum High School, Advisor Olga Torres

Serving as the Officer Coordinator is Maureen Longenecker, local chapter advisor from Berks Career and Technology Center-East Campus.  Marcus Henderson, 2012-2013 PENN HOSA State President, serves as the Assistant to the Officer Coordinator.

Forty four (44) student members served as Event Assistants.  An Event Assistant either assists the Event Manager or role plays a patient/victim for a Skill Event or helps in various positions with advisors or works as a liaison between Conference Headquarters and Tabulations.  An Event Assistant’s responsibility begins at the event orientation and concludes when dismissed by the conference personnel.

Two intense days occurred during which the secondary and postsecondary competitors tested their skills and knowledge in one of the forty six (46) health related competitive events offered.  These events presented our members the chance to compete as individuals or collaboratively as teams.  Additionally 116 competitors also registered to take the Healthcare Issues Exam.  The culmination of the competitors’ efforts was realized at the Grand Awards Session.  A comprehensive listing of all winners is attached with this report.  All competitive event winners are eligible to attend the 38th HOSA National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Anaheim, California, June 24-27, 2015. At the NLC Pennsylvania will sponsor the competitive event of Home Health Aide and state event personnel will be assigned to participate in the event process.  As a member of the HOSA National Competitive Event Leadership team, PENN HOSA Executive Director/State Advisor Janet Nelson will complete her eighth year of involvement where she holds the position of Chairperson for the Health Science and Recognition Events.  Several of our state officers, members and local chapter advisors have registered to attend various Leadership Universities offered at the NLC.

Eighteen (18) educational, product knowledge and fundraising company representatives introduced the attendees to their areas of expertise.  Traveling from as far away as Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, and as close as Hershey, State College, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Oakdale, Pennsylvania, the exhibitors spent a full day interacting with our members and guests while sharing valuable information.  The networking with the exhibitors gave our conference attendees the experience of developing their communication and leadership skills while enjoying an exchange of information.

Eight (8) one-hour long educational symposia with a wide array of topics offered a myriad of choices to our attendees.  Symposia opened to both students and advisors included:

“A Recipe for Living”, presented by Kathleen Bello, PENN HOSA, Inc., Board Chair, offered the participants, through an informative and hopeful documentary, the chance to hear Kathy’s personal and poignant story that began 29 years ago with her diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“Becoming a State Officer 101”, presented by our current PENN HOSA State Officers, revealed what it’s like to be a State officer as each officer shared his/her experiences about running for State office, being elected and their duties and responsibilities in a fun and engaging way.

“Break the Ice”, presented by our current PENN HOSA State Officers, involved the participants in several ice breakers that were a sure-fire way to get people mingling and would work to put some energy into their next HOSA chapter meetings.

“The Friendly Side of Technology”, presented by Diane Yeager, CEO of EHR Tutor, exposed the participants to Student Engagement in a Changing World: Using Academic EHRs, Polling and Online Activities! Advisors were engaged in activities that can be used in their classrooms and labs.

“Memory Power for Health Education”, presented by Dean Vaughn, Author, DCM/Instructional Systems and President, Dean Vaughn Learning Systems, Inc., published by Peterson’s®, a Nelnet® company., offered participants methods to memorize material and the ability to apply it to all phases of occupational and professional achievement.   Dean Vaughn is the world’s leading author of applied memory programs for a wide range of subjects. His total retention courses for allied health education have revolutionized the teaching of medical terminology and basic human anatomy.

“Fundamentals of Dental Education – The Anatomy of a Tooth”, presented by Bob Maddestra Jr., M.A.Ed., National Sales Director, Peterson’s, a Nelnet Company, introduced participants to the Fundamentals of Dental Education and taught how to learn and easily remember the names and locations of the parts of a tooth. The Dean Vaughn Total Retention System™ is a highly effective system of instruction that accommodates multiple learning styles and teaches students how to remember course content.

“Essential Spanish Vocabulary for Health Occupations and Professions” was the second symposium presented by Dean Vaughn.  Dean introduced his newest applied memory course, Essential Spanish Vocabulary for Health Occupations and Professions, where students and advisors participated in a segment of the program and learned one new Spanish word per minute! This course is incredibly valuable for everyone in the healthcare field because by knowing the 400 Spanish vocabulary words presented in the program, the employee’s value to any employer will be dramatically enhanced!

“Resources and Technology to Design and Develop Engaging Lessons”, presented by Ernie Wake from Training Masters, instructed advisors/educators how to create presentations for use with the Classroom Remote Response Systems using ready-made templates. Advisors/educators learned how to embed questions in their instruction in order to: increase student engagement, review, assess, and validate that learning has occurred. Benefits reaped from the presentation included learning how to create presentations for use in the classroom to help students prepare for their end of program assessment known as the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Assessment (NOCTI), how to create a databank of questions for use with the KlickerZ system and how to record student performance and use results to guide instruction.

Our Opening Session saw new initiatives by the Executive Council team as they designed a stage set that contributed to a more professional appearance and presented the officers opportunities to run the session with efficiency, professionalism and creativity.  Contributing encouraging words based on the National theme of HOSA:LEAD! were Kathleen Bello, PENN HOSA, Inc., Board Chair, and Janet Nelson, PENN HOSA Executive Director/State Advisor.   Our Keynote Speaker, Ryan Moran, engaged the assembly of HOSA members and guests as he shared an inspirational message centered on “The POSSE”. POSSE is an acronym (be Positive, be Open, be Sincere, have Spirit, and don’t be Exclusive) that gives students a way of thinking and behaving that will allow them to make their school, community, organization, etc. a better place. And ten (10) officer candidates gave their campaign speeches before the members were dismissed to attend competitive event orientations and committee meetings.

The purpose of the Recognition Session is to bring acknowledgement to individuals and chapters for their accomplishments with HOSA-Future Health Professionals.  At this session three (3) speakers addressed issues pertinent to the members.  Margaret Rivello, Penn HOSA Foundation Board Chair, shared information about the scholarships being awarded by the Foundation.  Hannah Reagan, Campaign Manager, School & Youth, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Eastern PA Chapter, spoke about the work the Society is doing to make their theme of “Someday is Today” become a reality of finding more cures for blood cancers.  And Sarah Park, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2014 Girl of the Year, spoke candidly about her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and how this has made her more passionate to help others with the same condition.  These presentations helped our members understand more about our HOSA National Service Project with LLS.  A monetary donation in excess of $200.00 was presented to Hannah from the local chapter advisors.

Certificates of Recognition were awarded for:

  • 100% Chapter Membership (52 chapters)
  • Barbara James Service Award for Volunteering 25+ hours (45 members)
  • Charters presented to new chapters affiliating with HOSA-Future Health Professionals (8)
  • HOSA Happenings: Multimedia Chapter Communications Event (5 chapters)
  • National Service Project- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (20 chapters); Hannah Reagan and Sarah Park, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society representatives, presented certificates
  • Penn HOSA Foundation Scholarship Donations (28 chapters); Margaret Rivello, Penn HOSA Foundation Board Chair, presented certificates

Appreciation to local chapter Advisors for their years of service to PENN HOSA was awarded to the following advisors:

ADVISOR SCHOOL YEARS OF SERVICE
Rosemary Barakat Delaware County Technical High School 5
Mary Barr Lancaster County CTC 5
Nelleke Beats McCaskey East High School 5
Keith Davis A. Phillip Randolph Career & Technical HS 5
Michelle Foland Cumberland Perry AVTS 5
Cindy Heil Lehigh Career & Technical Institute 5
Megan Kelly Paul Robeson High School for Human Services 5
Kathy Lauver Cumberland Perry AVTS 5
Maryanne Neal State College Area High School 5
Donna Pavlovic Lehigh Career & Technical Institute 15

Chris Quaglia, PENN HOSA State President 2014-15, was selected by his fellow officers to receive the honor of Outstanding State Leader.  This award is presented annually to one officer in recognition of his/her commitment to HOSA and outstanding leadership during time in office.

Outstanding HOSA Advisor, Secondary division, was awarded to Mary Makuta, local chapter advisor from Hazleton Area Career Center.  Among her many accomplishments, Mary  helped to establish one of the first health career programs in the state of Pennsylvania and worked collaboratively to build articulation agreements with local hospitals, long term care facilities and assisted living centers. She currently serves as Category Chair for Teamwork and Recognition Events on the PENN HOSA SLC Competitive Events Committee. Additional recognition will be awarded at the NLC in Anaheim, California.

In the words of Harvey Mackay, “None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.”  Following in the words of this very appropriate quote, PENN HOSA extends our sincere appreciation and thanks to the following:

  • Administrators for supporting HOSA activities for members and advisors throughout the entire year and approved their attendance at the conference;
  • School support staff for working with the advisors and students;
  • PDE staff members for continuing support of PENN HOSA throughout this year;
  • PENN HOSA, Inc. Board Chairman for performing a variety of assignments during the conference;
  • Local chapter advisors for exemplifying the HOSA motto as they, in the classroom and during the conference,  enhanced the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community;
  • Student members who chose to participate in the conference and received so many compliments from the hotel staff members and exhibitors for their professional appearance and politeness; you made your  advisors, schools, parents and PENN HOSA extremely proud!!;
  • Cumberland Perry AVTS Horticulture instructor and students for the beautiful boutonnieres and corsages for the officers, roses for the advisor recognition and for manning a flower stand at the conference;
  • Cumberland Perry Warehouse instructor and students for storing our event boxes;
  • Our Co-Treasurer for handling the financial aspects of the conference;
  • Executive Council team and their Officer Coordinator and Assistant to the Officer Coordinator for greeting members and guests and conducting successful sessions, committee meetings and symposia;
  • Advisors to the Executive Council team for supporting their respective officer throughout the year and especially during the conference;
  • Ninety one (91) advisors and twenty one (21) chaperones who took their roles seriously and supervised the students;
  • School Directors, Penn HOSA Foundation, Inc. Board members and special honored guests attending our sessions;
  • Co-Director of Competitive Events for outstanding preparation and follow through of a successful competitive events’ component of the conference;
  • Category Chairs on the Competitive Events Leadership Committee for your commitment and support before, during and after the conference;
  • Sixty seven (67) local chapter advisors serving as Event Managers; without your support and willingness to share your expertise, time and talents, we could not hold the competitive events;
  • One (1) student who sang the National Anthem respectfully and beautifully at our Opening and Grand Awards Sessions;
  • One (1) student who beautifully sang God Bless America at our Recognition session;
  • Ten (10) officer candidates and their advisors who assisted and supported them throughout the application process;
  • Three (3) volunteers in Headquarters who assisted our attendees “behind the scene”;
  • Three (3) volunteer personnel and one (1) Tabulations Coordinator for running Tabulations;
  • Two (2) Competitive Events Set-up personnel;
  • One (1) PDE Program Specialist;
  • Special speakers at our corporate meeting;
  • Several alumni members assisting in various roles;
  • 120 volunteer judges for the competitive event competitions;
  • Keynote Speaker and Special Speakers at our sessions;
  • Grand Awards announcer for being enthusiastic and flexible in his role;
  • Conference photographer for taking photos and producing a memorable conference video;
  • Coordinator of Exhibitors and Event Assistants;
  • Event Manager Coordinator;
  • Manager of our HOSA store;
  • Bingo announcer;
  • PENN HOSA Idol judges;
  • Conference Registrar;
  • Educational and product knowledge exhibitors;
  • Everyone who served as a presenter during one of the symposia;
  • The very helpful staff at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center for working tirelessly to meet our needs;
  • Anyone who volunteered to assist “in any way possible”!

Through membership in HOSA-Future Health Professionals, and especially in regard to participation at PENN HOSA’s 36th State Leadership Conference, our members are able to dream more, learn more, and become more and they truly are the healthcare leaders of tomorrow!  For some of our members their goals of becoming contributing members of the healthcare team and their society begin as they leave one stage in their life to begin the next part of their journey.  For others, the next chapter of HOSA membership unfolds as they continue as members of this awesome student-led organization and transfer the skills and knowledge of the classroom in preparation for participation in the next PENN HOSA SLC scheduled for March 9-11, 2016. Why just read about the fun and excitement our members have at SLC?  Start making plans now to attend the conference and experience first-hand what HOSA is all about!

REPORT ON HOSA’S 2013: BUILD A BETTER YOU NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

JUNE 26 – 29, 2013
GAYLORD OPRYLAND HOTEL in NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

With 7,500 students, advisors, judges and guests; 5,257 competitors in fifty six (56) health science-related events in four (4) off-site locations; sixty two (62) health-related workshops; the announcement of the 150,000th HOSA member; eleven (11) summer HOSA interns selected by the Office of the Surgeon General; and the awarding of $71,000.00 in scholarships, this year’s outstanding National Leadership Conference (NLC) proved to be the largest and best-ever in the history of HOSA-Future Health Professionals! And the 191 PENN HOSA students, advisors, family and guests shared in this memorable conference experience!

To all of the excitement, Opening Session Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ben Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, author of Gifted Hands and Think Big, motivated, inspired and moved his listeners as he shared his remarkable journey from growing up in a single parent home where dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper and low self-esteem appeared to hinder his goal of becoming a physician. Despite this challenging background he persevered to become the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery for over a quarter of a century.   His better known accomplishments include the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head IN 1987,the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa, and the first successful placement of an intrauterine shunt for a hydrocephalic twin.  Our PENN HOSA delegation left the session realizing that “impossible hopes can become joyous realities”.

In order to accommodate the intense and tiring schedule offered at the conference, we held our State meeting at 9:00 am the morning of June 26th.  This interactive, informative meeting served to better prepare our students and advisors to begin their participation in the myriad of opportunities that awaited them.  Under the leadership of the four (4) State Officers in attendance, our members had an engaging fun time learning the names of many of the PENN HOSA members.  With all thirty six (36) registered chapters well represented at this meeting, it proved to us that having a meeting in the morning was much better than having one at 10:00 pm in the evening!

Marcus Henderson, PENN HOSA 2012-13 State President from Franklin Learning Center, shared with the group his thoughts about running for a National Office.  Marcus passed the written exam and progressed to the interview portion of the process and was slated on the ballot for the position of National HOSA Region III Vice President.  While not achieving the results we all hoped for with this election, PENN HOSA wishes Marcus much success as he begins his pursuit of becoming an RN at the University of Pennsylvania. His outstanding leadership skills will serve him well in his future!

When our students weren’t competing or attending a general session or participating in three (3) HOSA Leadership Universities for members, local chapter officers and state officers, or serving as Courtesy Corps or Voting Delegates, they took part in activities such as line dancing, tours through Nashville, and pin trading which brought members together from different parts of the country.

Pennsylvania HOSA is proud to recognize our members receiving recognition and medals for their outstanding performances:

SECONDARY MEDALISTS
       
Gold Personal Care Jordan Noel Delaware Co. Technical HS – Gold
Bronze Home Health Aide Glendalis Guadarrama TCHS – Pennocks Bridge
       
SECONDARY TOP TEN WINNERS
       
4th Place CPR/FIRST AID Nicole Butz & Kristen Fisher Lehigh CTI-Emerging Health-Blue Team
5th Place Personal Care Morgan Ashmore Delaware Co. Technical HS- Ruby
7th Place Medical Reading Jena Spillane Berks CTC-West-Sunset
7th Place Speaking Skills Aisha Gardner Martin Luther King High School
9th Place Interviewing Skills Mark Osborne Delaware Co. Technical HS- Ruby
10th Place EMT Khalil Blount & Mike Jones-Betters Randolph Academy – Fire Science
       
POSTSECONDARY MEDALISTS
       
Gold Biotechnology Candace Hummel Laurel Technical Institute
Bronze Medical Reading Patti Wolford Laurel Technical Institute
       
POSTSECONDARY TOP TEN WINNERS
       
4th Place Medical Spelling Nicole Reda Laurel Technical Institute
5th Place Extemporaneous Health Poster Megan Patton Laurel Technical Institute
6th Place Knowledge Test Nutrition Jessica Roche Laurel Technical Institute

RECOGNITION EVENTS

BARBARA JAMES SERVICE AWARDEncourages Health Science students to become contributing members of their communities by performing community service. ***all members completing 100 or more hours of community service also earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award

***Alexis Wyeth – Archbishop Wood HS
***Casey Dolan – Archbishop Wood High School
***Lauren Pickrell – Carbon Career &Technical Institute
***Leesa Perkins – Franklin Learning Center
***Marcus Henderson – Franklin Learning Center
***Sydney Sherman – Archbishop Wood High School

HEALTH CARE ISSUES EXAMEncourages Health Science students to investigate, analyze and apply their knowledge of current healthcare-related issues. This event is in the form of a 50 item multiple choice test.

Secondary Student Mastery Level Recipient – Megan Enos – Lehigh CTI- Emerging Health Blue Team

Postsecondary, First Place– Candace Hummel- Laurel Technical Institute (this is the 2nd time that a HOSA member from Laurel Technical Institute earned this honor)

HOSA HAPPENINGSA communication event about the HOSA chapter presented in a manner that celebrates the chapter members and their achievements, as well as shares information with readers that is health science-related.  Chapters tell the story of their chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals, throughout the year, using a print newsletter, electronic newsletter, or website.

Berks East CTC- AM HOSA
Berks East CTC- PM HOSA
Laurel Technical Institute
Mastbaum HS – Nursing Hearts
Paul Robeson HS
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Freedom
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride

LOCAL ADVISOR RECOGNITION Special recognition is given to one outstanding local chapter advisor in Secondary, Postsecondary and Collegiate divisions for his/her commitment to preparing HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

Secondary – Denise McGaughran, Career Institute of Technology
Postsecondary – Rebecca Romagna, Greater Altoona CTC – Practical Nursing
Collegiate – Dr. Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Juniata College

NATIONAL HOSA WEEKEncourages students to become contributing members of their communities through activities conducted during HOSA week.

Franklin Learning Center Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Freedom
Matbaum HS – Nursing Hearts Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Pride

NATIONAL RECOGNITION PORTFOLIOCreation of a portfolio of evidence of his/her accomplishments which demonstrates the skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary to pursue a career in health care.

Jennifer Hogue – Greene County CTC

NATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT2012-2014 Service Organization: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Encourages Health Science students to provide community service through the adoption of goals and implementation of strategies related to the support of a national health care organization.

Certificates of Recognition awarded to all chapters who contribute a minimum of $100 and/or 100 hours of community service in partnership with the organization:

Berks East CTC- AM HOSA
Berks East CTC- PM HOSA
Franklin Learning Center
Hazleton Area Career Center
Mastbaum HS – Nursing Hearts
Paul Robeson HS
Reading Muhlenberg CTC-HOSA Freedom

Certificates of Merit awarded to all chapters who contribute a minimum of $500 and/or 500 hours of community service in partnership with the organization:

Greater Altoona CTC – Practical Nursing
Lancaster County CTC

OUTSTANDING HOSA CHAPTER –   Encourages local HOSA chapters to achieve the goals of HOSA by implementing a plan of work with a focus on the development of leadership skills, career opportunities, and service learning among chapter members, and to document their achievements in the form of a chapter scrapbook.

Franklin Learning Center

OUTSTANDING STATE LEADERHonors one Outstanding State Leader from each HOSA state association in recognition of the member’s commitment to HOSA and outstanding leadership of his/her state association.

Marcus Henderson – Franklin Learning Center; 2012-13 PENN HOSA State President

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTSHOSA awarded $71,000.00 in scholarships to members across the Nation. 

Stephanie Savage – TCHS-Pennocks Bridge; $1,000.00
Alev Erhan – North Montco Technical Career Center; $1,000.00

Every year National HOSA assigns a competitive event to a State chapter to “sponsor” (AKA “run”) @ NLC

  • For the NLC 2013 Pennsylvania was assigned to “run” the competitive event of Medical Spelling
  • Listed below are the assignments for the required personnel for the event
MEDICAL SPELLING
PERSONNEL TITLE NAME SCHOOL
Event Manager (EM) Tracy Schliep Laurel Technical Institute (LTI)
Quality Assurance (QA) AnneMarie McCauley TCHS Pennocks Bridge
Section Leader Rosemary Barakat DCTS- Folcroft
Donna Dietrich TCHS- Pickering
Time Keeper Jessica Roche LTI Advisor: Tracy Schliep
Holding Room Karen Holcombe Berks CTC West
Moderator (pronouncer) Paula Listopad Laurel Technical Institute
Proctors (written test) Keith Davis A. Phillip Randolph Career & Technical HS
Mary Barr Lancaster Co. CTC
Elaine Stanton Erie City Schools
Diann Hopely DCTS-Folcroft
Darlene Chester-Fowler Mastbaum HS
Dottie Randler SUN Area Technical Institute
Event Assistants Miah Brooks, PENN HOSA  President Monroe CTI Advisor: Joann Gomez
Kristina Johnson, PENN HOSA W. Region VP MBIT Advisor Marsha Moyer
Mayra Sanchez, PENN HOSA  Historian TCHS Pickering Advisor: Donna Dietrich
Local Chapter Member Lyndsey Wasser, PENN HOSA  Secretary MBIT Advisor Marsha Moyer
Local Chapter Member Kara Misero TCHS Pickering Advisor: Donna Dietrich
Amanda Parke Berks CTC – East AM chapter Advisor: Maureen Longenecker

ADDITIONAL PENN HOSA MEMBERS SERVING IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES

SECONDARY VOTING DELEGATES: PENN HOSA Executive Council members in attendance:

Miah Brooks, President – Monroe Career & Technical Institute
Kristina Johnson, Western Region Vice President – Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
Lyndsey Wasser, Secretary – Middle Bucks Institute for Technology
Mayra Sanchez, Historian – TCHS Pickering

FLAG BEARER AT OPENING SESSION: Miah Brooks, PENN HOSA President – Monroe Career & Technical Institute

GENERAL SESSION COURTESY CORPS: members assigned to check attendees’ attire before being admitted to the general sessions

Connie Price, Central Montco Technical HS
Edwin Torres, Mastbaum HS
Marsha Moyer, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology

ADVISOR TO JUDGE OUTSTANDING HOSA CHAPTER: Jessica Way, Franklin Learning Center

GRAND AWARDS DANCE CHAPERONES:

Gina Bocella, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
Tracey Petty, Martin Luther King HS

COURTESY CORPS: noncompeting members who are assigned by National HOSA to various duties throughout the conference week

Sarah Puhn, Edward Bok Kara Misero, TCHS Pickering
Shannon Mancini, Franklin Learning Center Takena Rainey-Sadler, Mastbaum HOSA Striders
Aisha Gardner, Martin Luther King HS Elisa Selmani, Del. Co. Tech.
Jaeluv Sequiont, Cheyenne Green, Faithia Gibson, Carmen Rodriquez, & Nyiesha Hayes, Mastbaum Nursing Hearts

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP RECOGNTION

PENN HOSA was recognized as one of forty State associations for an increase in membership and received a special recognition membership award for having the 5th highest membership increase in an established State Association.  Without the support of our ninety five (95) State HOSA local chapters, their advisors, school administrators, and community supporters we would not have experienced this tremendous growth.  To our 3,401 members we say, “Thank you for making 2012-13 an exceptional year!”

As we begin a new school year we look forward to continuing our work with our student members, local chapter advisors, and the staff at the participating schools because as PENN HOSA recognizes,  and in the spirit of our 2013-14 National Theme:

HOSA-The Future Starts Now