Submitted by Jamey Kinard
The Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center Health Science students have been off to a busy start. Our classes have celebrated 100 percent membership of all 42 students joining HOSA.
We have already elected officers for the upcoming year as well. I have the honor of being elected HOSA President for the 2013-2014 year.
HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. Each member chooses an event to compete in and starts working on it as soon as the school year begins. HOSA has a district competition in Meridian, a state competition in Jackson, and the most exciting, a national competition in Orlando, Florida this year. Each member has already been hard at work on their competitive event in hopes to make it to nationals. There are many events to choose from such as testing, speeches, skills, display boards, and much more.
At district, competitors must place in the top 5 to advance, and at state competitors must be in the top 3 to go on to nationals.
A lot of hard work goes into the events. Along with the fun trips and meeting new people interested in the same type of career, HOSA creates a great learning experience and scholarship opportunities.
I know for myself, it has given me more confidence in public speaking and taught me skills that I can take on with me to college and my career, and I know it does the same for many other members. Meridian Community College and East Central Community College are two places that give scholarships to the winners at district and state competition.
The first place winners at state are given a full tuition scholarship to ECCC.
As President, I look forward to an exciting and productive year.