By Jill Penley
Twenty-six Johnson County High School students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, recently attended the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga. HOSA, which stands for Health Occupation Students of America, is an international student organization
recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education and the Health Science Education, and its 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.
Johnson County HOSA chapter President and JCHS senior, Gavin Reece has competed and attended this competition all four years.
“Being able to participate in HOSA competitive events has helped me gain confidence with leadership skills,” said Reece, “and has given me an opportunity to collaborate with students from other schools in Tennessee.” Vice President, and JCHS senior, Hannah Osborne has competed and attended the conference three years.
She says her favorite thing about the competition is being able to meet new people that are interested in the same career field as she is and gaining leadership skills that will help in her future career.
Both have placed in the top five at state competition while at Johnson County High School.
According to HOSA advisors Tina Reece RN, BSN, M.Ed and Sonya Hammons RN, MSN, PMHN, before advancing to the state level of competition, students must have first attended and placed at the regional Tennessee HOSA competition held at Carson Newman University.
Two teams (both took second place) advanced to HOSA International Competition held June 19-22 in Orlando, Florida:
Medical Law and Ethics- Lindsey Wills, Second Place Medal State of Tennessee And Public Service Announcement (PSA): Gavin Reece, Blake Atwood, Troy Arnold, Taylor Parsons, Nathan Lane, Zack Parsons, Margaret Morrow, And Kaylee Wittenberg all earning second place medals in the state of Tennessee.
“We been encouraging student involvement at the HOSA State Leadership Conference for the past eight years,” said advisor Reece. “They have attracted many students to HOSA and assisted the club in growing tremendously over the past few years.
Our attendance in competition for Johnson County HOSA at the state level is at record levels.” Advisors also voice appreciation to the East Tennessee Foundation and “generous donations” from local sponsors, parents, and families, which allow the students to attend the annual HOSA leadership conference.
HOSA provides a unique program of leadership
development, motivation, and recognition for students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health profession, and its mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry.
The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or
follower role as a member of a health care team.