By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor
On June 25, 2014, over 8,400 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Orlando, Florida for the HOSA 37th Annual National Leadership Conference (NLC). The Coronado Springs Convention Center was the site of 58 competitive events, 65 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, and networking opportunities for the 242 delegates from Utah.
Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday with the state officers attending the HOSA University Leadership Training Institute hosted by Mark Burley and David Kelly. Tuesday evening, Utah HOSA President Alex Salimbene (Viewmont High School) represented Utah at the State Presidents’ reception, where she was able to network with other states. State HOSA Secretary, AJ Bull (West High School) was Utah’s representative on the Nominating Committee. This committee helps to determine the slate of national officer candidates.
Wednesday’s registration was led by Andrew Wilson and Angie Abbott (state officer coaches). Wednesday morning included breakfast at the Disney property, Port Orleans Riverside. Wednesday night the HOSA Opening Ceremonies started with a welcome from the Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, and a keynote address by the world renowned, futurist and physicist Michio Kaku.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were dedicated to competitions, business sessions and educational symposia. State officers – Alex Salimbene, Omar Ramirez, Madison Johnson (Davis High School) and Sariah Gridley (Tooele Community Learning Center) – served as the voting delegates to elect the new national officers and chose the service project for the coming year. The new HOSA service project will be the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Saturday included Disney or Universal theme parks during the day and the HOSA Awards Ceremony at night. We would like to congratulate all the advisors, members, and officers that participated and excelled at the conference. View the list of recognitions and highlights HERE.
Thank you to those advisors who were not able to attend the conference and spent much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Utah State Office of Education Career and Technical Education Department, schools districts, superintendents, career and technical education directors, principals, and HOSA advisors for their continued support of Utah HOSA. We would also like to thank our scholarship sponsors – Utah Hospital Association, Intermountain Healthcare, ARUP Laboratories, Davis Applied Technology College, Utah HOSA, Noodles and Company, The Richard McDermott Charitable Foundation and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah.
Congratulations, Utah, for a successful conference!
Utah HOSA is a student leadership organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Utah HOSA currently operates 81 chapters in both high schools and colleges throughout the state with a membership of 4,150. Utah HOSA is supported by the Career and Technical Education Division of the Utah State Office of Education.
Left to right:
Jacob Lambertsen – Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President
Alex Salimbene – President
Omar Ramirez – Service Vice President
Sariah Gridley – Salt Lake/Tooele Area Vice President
Shianne Douglas – Central Utah Vice President
AJ Bull – Secretary
Madison Johnson – Northern Area Vice President