Nearly 100 Students Participate in National Health Leadership Conference

August 02, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Thirteen West Virginia career technical center students captured first place during the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) National Leadership Conference in Nashville.

Josie Hanna and Krystal Hughes of Greenbrier East High School won first place in the Medical Reserve Corps Partnership in the high school category. Finishing first among post-secondary and college students were Lisa Thesier and Emylea Henderson, Monongalia County Technical Education Center, Career Health Display; Anne Harris, Bethany McCutcheon, Lauren Miles and Kayla Quarrick, Monongalia County Technical Education Center, Creative Problem Solving; Naomi Anderson, Fayette Institute of Technology, Home Health Aid; Christopher May, Putnam Career and Technical Center, Pharmacology - Knowledge Test; Betty Jane Willard, Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center, Medical Photography; and Jolene Sandberg, Monongalia County Technical Education Center, Medical Spelling.

In addition, 38 other West Virginia students finished in the Top 10, while Sally Harvey of the Putnam Career and Technical Center was recognized as the Secondary Outstanding HOSA Advisor and Melissa Perry of Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center was recognized as the Postsecondary Outstanding HOSA Advisor. Fifteen HOSA members also received the Barbara James Service Award for community service. A total of 3,607 hours of communtiy service were documented by the West Virginia HOSA delegation.

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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