By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor
On June 23, 2015, over 8,500 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Anaheim, California for the HOSA 38th Annual National Leadership Conference. The Hilton Hotel and Convention Center was the site of 58 competitive events, 104 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, interactive exhibitions, and networking opportunities for the 230 delegates from Utah.
Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday with the Utah HOSA State Officers attending a national workshop for state officers. On Wednesday morning, Utah HOSA Delegates attended a breakfast orientation led by the Utah HOSA State Officers (Omar Ramirez, Spencer Kuehne, Josh Pinnock, Weston Lee, Dereck Tolua, Sadie Bird, Angelika Briones, Montana Vonhatten).
The conference officially began Wednesday evening with the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis (The Pact and Living and Dying in Brick City) was an amazing keynote speaker. He reminded students, “Those who call you nerd today will call you boss tomorrow.” He also encouraged students by saying, “When you’re this close to quitting, you’re this much closer to success.”
Utah HOSA President Omar Ramirez meeting Dr. Sampson Davis
Thursday and Friday were dedicated to competitions and educational symposia. Saturday included a sight-seeing in San Clemente and rides in Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm AND the Grand Awards Ceremonies! View the list of recognitions and highlights HERE.
We would like to congratulate all of the advisors, members, and officers who participated and excelled at the conference. A warm thank you to those advisors who were not able to attend the conference, and who spent so much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Utah State Office of Education’s Career and Technical Education department, schools, districts, superintendents, Career and Technical Education directors, principals, and HOSA chapter 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, and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah.
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 83 chapters in both high schools and colleges/universities throughout the state with a membership of 3,800. Utah HOSA is supported by the Career and Technical Education department of the Utah State Office of Education. The Health Science Specialist is Rachel Bolin.
Utah HOSA, congratulations on a successful conference!
2015-2016 State HOSA Officers
Back row, left to right:
Weston Lee, Spencer Kuehne, Josh Pinnock, Dereck Tuloa
Front row, left to right:
Angelika Briones, Jennifer Duenas, Omar Ramirez, Montana VonHatten