Sacramento, Calif.– Students from across the state gathered in Sacramento last weekend to learn and compete at the 2019 CAL-HOSA State Leadership Conference, including 85 students from Apple Valley High School and 40 students from Granite Hills High School.
Students heard from keynote speakers and competed in categories such as Extemporaneous Writing, Creative Problem Solving, and Emergency Medical Technician scenarios. Twelve AVHS students and 7 GHHS students received top honors, qualifying them to compete at HOSA’s International Leadership Competition set to take place June 19-22 in Orlando, FL. In addition to advancing to the next round, students from both high schools were honored with Barbara James Service and CAMP HOSA awards.
“They rigorously competed in events that required medical skills, writing skills, and applied these skills in life-like simulations, and the hard work paid off,” said AVHS teacher Josephine Wade. “Congratulations to all of the students and thank you for your hard work!”
Granite Hills HOSA Advisor Jennifer Hunt said that an additional highlight for GHHS was sending 10 students to attend the first Youth Speaking Up for Youth Conference at HOSA. She explained that GHHS is one of nine pilot schools in California who are a part of this program to make mental illness prevention in youth a top priority in K-12 schools.
In addition to attending the conference, Apple Valley High School students had the opportunity to tour the state capitol and meet with Senator Scott Wilk.
HOSA–Future Health Professionals is the largest international organization operating in schools for students enrolled in health science and biomedical sciences programs and serving those interested in pursuit of careers in health and biomedical professions. HOSA’s purpose is to develop leadership and technical competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the instructional program. This student-led organization provides opportunities for students to practice and refine their academic, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills to achieve seamless transition from education to careers. For more information, visit http://hosa.org/.