Hundreds of Students to Participate in Health Leadership Conference

March 02, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Nearly 750 high school and college students from schools across West Virginia will test their skills Friday and Saturday as part of a health leadership conference at Marshall University.

During the West Virginia Health Occupations Students of America (WVHOSA) Conference, students will demonstrate their skills in more than 57 events, ranging from dental assisting to biotechnology. The opening session is slated for 6 p.m. Friday in the Marshall Student Center. Competitions will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the morning at multiple locations across campus. Professionals from the health care industry will serve as judges and choose the best students to represent West Virginia at the National HOSA Leadership Conference in June. State awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Marshall Student Center.

“I’m encouraged any time West Virginia students show an interest in health,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “This competition allows students to test their skills against their peers and encourages many of them to pursue careers in health care.”

WV HOSA is a student organization with more than 1,400 members. The organization is sponsored by the Health Science Education Division of the Association of Career and Technical Education, approved by the West Virginia Board of Education, and endorsed by the United States Department of Education. It is a chartered affiliate of National HOSA, a 140,000 member organization. WV HOSA includes both a high school and a collegiate division. More than 95 percent of high school members choose to further their education in health and medical fields.

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