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Rebekah Newman: Future Registered Nurse

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Rebekah Newman school photo

Rebekah Newman is a graduate of Herriman High School and is attending Dixie State University where she is studying to become a registered nurse. Prior to graduating from high school, Rebekah was a CTE Pathway completer in the Health Science Education Nursing Pathway where she acquired the knowledge and skills to advance to postsecondary training. While in high school, she took concurrent enrollment courses that helped her reach her goals and prepared her for college and career.

 

“Knowing I want to work as a registered nurse, I have used that end goal to be a highly motivated student. As a result, at the time of my [high school] graduation I had fulfilled all of the pre-requisite classes required to enter a nursing program with nearly 50 college credit hours. Every class I have taken has been leading up to and preparing me for work in the medical and health field. By taking a college anatomy class [while in high school], I had the amazing privilege to gain hands-on experience working with cadavers in the lab,” says Rebekah.

In addition to her high school studies and taking concurrent enrollment classes, Rebekah completed certified nurse assistant (CNA) courses on the weekends. Rebekah enjoys helping others and has a lot of compassion. To gain experience in the medical field she worked as a volunteer in a psychiatric unit of a nursing home. “The unit I chose to work in specialized in the care of Alzheimer and dementia patients. I determined that this is where I want to dedicate my time and compassionate talents.”

Upon completing her postsecondary training Rebekah intends to begin working in a hospital. “I have already begun making contacts by talking with nurses and other health professionals who work in the Salt Lake Valley in preparation for applying for work. Every class I have taken to further my course has nurtured my growing excitement to become a part of the [medical] field. I am very grateful for the CTE Pathway system, which was a huge assistance to me in determining which courses best suited me in achieving my future goals.”

Sydnee Dayley: Future Dental Assistant

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Sydnee Dayley -Sydnee Dayley is a graduate of Mountain Crest High School, in Cache School District, and currently attends Bridgerland Applied Technology College where she is studying to become a dental assistant. While in high school Sydnee participated in a CTE Internship at Spring Creek Dental while taking courses in the CTE Health Science Education Dental Pathway. “The high school dental assisting program has helped me beyond measure. I always knew I wanted to be in the dental field and this [program] gave me the assurance I needed. The opportunity I had to gain this knowledge of my passion for the dental field as a junior in high school has greatly [impacted] my future,” says Sydnee.

Susanne Kuresa, an administrator at Logan City School District, describes Sydnee as a people person who easily establishes and maintains rapport with others. “Children, youth, and adults alike enjoy Sydnee’s company. She puts everyone at ease and makes them feel good about themselves. Sydnee brings to every situation a warm smile and cheerfulness. These skills will set her apart as a leader in the college classroom and in her chosen career.”

Sydnee credits the teachers at Mountain Crest High School for her success. “I could never thank [the teachers] enough. I know that payment for the [skills] I have acquired is to pursue what I have learned to love.”

Utah HOSA Excels at 2014 NLC

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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

Utah Students to Compete at 2014 HOSA National Leadership Conference

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Today the 37th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference begins in Orlando, Florida. The conference brings together more than 7,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best. Members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, and visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations. Utah HOSA members are prepared to compete against their peers in 47 competitive events.

Join the conference by watching the:
> Opening Session: Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Recognition Session: Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Postsecondary College Awards Session: Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m. CST
> Secondary Awards Session: Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. CST

View Conference Guide
Follow
HOSA on Twitter #HOSAnlc2014
Like HOSA on Facebook #HOSAnlc2014
Watch HOSA on YouTube
Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app HERE.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Orlando, Florida to compete at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

“This has been an exciting year of growth and positive change for HOSA, and we’re only getting started. We look forward to celebrating our accomplishments with you in Orlando. Let’s impact our future at this year’s National Leadership Conference,” says Antonio Hernandez, National HOSA President.

Meet Alison Peterson: Future Dental Hygienist

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“I am really excited to attend college and am looking forward to pursuing my goal of becoming a dental hygienist. I love learning, and plan on becoming the best hygienist possible. Another goal of mine is to be able to be part of a dental humanitarian group and go to different parts of the world to serve others and teach them. I have always had a passion for science and the way that it helps you think in different ways.

“I am currently [participating] in a CTE Internship at a local dentist office in our city. I have loved everything about it. It has taught me a lot about how the office functions and about the daily routine of a hygienist. It has been really fun getting to know patients and [providing] them a service. By taking CTE courses  I have learned about good jobs skills.”

Alison Peterson
Uintah High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Alison Peterson
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Alison Peterson on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Alison was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

HOSA Hunger Banquet

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Diane Gardner,
Health Science Education Specialist and HOSA Advisor,
Timpanogos High School, Alpine School District

At Timpanogos High School, our HOSA Community Awareness Team wanted to focus on the alarming statistics of rising hunger rates in our community. As a HOSA chapter, we discussed the importance of raising awareness of both the need in our own community and worldwide. In the fall we held a food drive, we aired a public service announcement informing the school of the growing need to donate food, put signs around the school with hunger facts, and collected almost 3,000 cans of food for our local food bank. But, we wanted to do more! Our HOSA Community Awareness Team contacted OxFam, a national organization who works internationally with raising awareness about hunger, and we started to “do more.”

On February, 19, 2014 we held a Hunger Banquet at Timpanogos High School, which was AWESOME! More than 140 students attended from Timpanogos High School, Mountain View High School, Orem High School, and Pleasant Grove High School. We divided the groups into First World, Second World, and Third World populations, proportionally. The First World group was served a nice pasta dinner—with extra-large helpings—while sitting at a beautiful table setting. The Second World group was served a dinner of rice, beans, a tortilla, and an apple, while sitting at tables with paper plates and cups, plastic forks, and had water to drink. The Third World group was served a dinner of only rice, and ate their meal while sitting on blankets placed on the floor. This group had to dip water out bucket into paper cups and had a reed basket that held a few wooden forks and paper plates. There were not enough wooden forks for everyone in the group, so some had to eat with their fingers.

Karina Holt, a junior at Timpanogos High School and member of the HOSA Community Awareness Team, said this about the banquet, “From this [experience] I learned that I am so blessed and I have the resources to help others. So many people are suffering in the world while a lot of us are here and have more than we can imagine. Another thing I realized was that living where we are we have so many more opportunities. Hunger is a real problem, yet we can all do something to make a difference. I am so glad that we were able to do a Hunger Banquet at our school. I learned so much and I know that it moved others.”

At the event we listened to several speakers including, Levi Marshall, a student at Timpanogos High School, who lived in Haiti during the earthquake; Genna Lasko, from Hadley Impact Consulting, who spoke about world poverty and hunger; and HOSA president McKay Jones who spoke on hunger in our own community. All of the students learned the importance of making a difference and were shown several ways they could help raise awareness, donate, and be involved in changing the world hunger problem. We had more than 100 people come to support and listen to our program.

During the event we held several raffles, auctioned off donated gift baskets, Jet Blue tickets, and other items. We raised approximately $1,500! The money will go to help several farmers on KIVA.org, as well as our local food bank. The money from the Jet Blue tickets will go towards a Utah HOSA scholarship program.

The Hunger Banquet was a huge success! Thank you to those who participated in the event, and to those businesses who generously contributed to the auction.

HOSA Members Join STEP Express to Battle Childhood Obesity

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

In an effort to battle childhood obesity, Delta Elementary School kicked off the STEP Express Program with a Fun Run/Walk from the Delta Community Medical Center to the elementary school on September 27, 2013.

All fourth graders, along with many parents, teachers, and nurses from the Delta Community Medical Center assembled to start the first step of the program. Other students from the school cheered them on as they made their way down Delta Main Street.

High school students in HOSA: Future Health Professionals (Advisor: Stephanie Bayles, R.N.) and Sterling Scholar candidates helped keep runners going in the right direction, offered encouragement, handed out drinks, and challenged each other to run the entire distance.

SelectHealth created STEP Express a free fitness program to fourth graders, after the Department of Health published a study that revealed a dramatic increase in overweight and obese children between the third and fifth grades. STEP Express attempts to target that problem age and make children aware of how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Jill Bogue, a nurse at the hospital, and Marsha Pack, a PE teacher at the school, teamed up with Intermountain Healthcare and Central Utah Public Health to start the eight week program.

HOSA Members also helped with an assembly about the STEP Express Program for the entire school after the Fun Run. Participating fourth graders received a backpack, stickers, and a water bottle to help them start on the path to a Healthy Lifestyle.

Delta High School HOSA members at STEP Express Fun Run
Photo courtesy of Linda Payne, Millard County Chronicle Progress

This blog post was originally published in the Millard County Chronicle Progress.

 

Q&A with Omar Ramirez: HOSA Alumni Division Representative

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Omar Ramirez, a graduate of PineView High School and a freshman at Southern Utah University, is a HOSA Alumni Division Representative who recently traveled to two local high schools, with other HOSA representatives, to share experiences about HOSA and to give encouragement to student members.

Why did you visit PineView and Dixie High Schools?
Omar: The purpose of school visits is to get in contact with new local chapter officers, to create a connection with others in the area, and to communicate with chapters for better success in order to create a better year for everyone.

What did you do at the schools?
Omar: Along with creating connections, we also went to give a presentation to the new chapter officers and members about HOSA: Future Health Professionals. We began by introducing ourselves, then continued with what HOSA is, introduced the topic of what leadership is, and how they could get involved. We introduced them to the National Leadership Conference, and many other facts, including HOSA’s history, our mission statement, and service projects and partnerships.

Omar Romeriz with PineView HOSA and advisor Ray Miller

Why is being a member of HOSA important?
Omar: HOSA is important to those who have an interest in the healthcare field. Through participation in HOSA student members learn important leadership skills that will prepare them for a career in healthcare. HOSA provides members with opportunities for knowledge and skill development. These include having professionals come to the classroom where the students can learn from someone working in the profession, to competing in an area of the healthcare field, and much more.

Is it important for members to attend HOSA conferences?
Omar: Our State Leadership and National Leadership Conferences are valuable to student members. Each conference gives students an opportunity that provides them with experiences in their field of interest and shows others what they have learned. Last year, after competing for my first time, I learned about community awareness and how important it is to be prepared for a natural disaster, especially when it involves the younger generation. If it weren’t for the competition I would not have been driven and determined to begin or accomplish what I did, and the younger students would not have taught their families about what they had learned.

Was there universal question HOSA members asked?
Omar: Throughout our presentation, the biggest question we were asked was, “Is HOSA for everyone?” The answer is yes! HOSA truly is for everyone. HOSA is an organization that provides vital skills and experiences to everyone, even if a student isn’t interested in the healthcare field. Everything a HOSA member learns can be applied to different aspects of life and to a career.

Omar Ramirez with Dixie High School HOSA and advisor Laurene Brown

HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects. Utah has more than 4,000 members in 78 chapters.

If you’re not a member of HOSA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the HOSA advisor in your school.

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Q&A with Alec Jenson: Utah HOSA President

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Alec Jenson, a senior at Jordan High School and Utah HOSA President, tells UtahCTE.org about his goals for HOSA this year and the goals for the upcoming Fall Leadership Conference that will be held November 5, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah.

What are your goals for HOSA this year?
Alec: This year I want to make an impact on members by connecting with them via social media, and possibly a Utah HOSA website. I want to prove to them that they CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. I also want to spread our mission by having a large membership increase and getting new chapters established.

What are your goals for the Fall Leadership Conference November 5?
Alec: I want to show our local chapter leaders how to truly lead their chapter to ultimate heights so: 1) they can achieve their goals for their chapter and themselves, and 2) we as a state leadership team can achieve our goals. I want each person to take 3 BIG IDEAS away: 1) YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS, 2) Compete at state, and 3) GROW your chapter, and the people it consists of, to new pinnacles.

How has HOSA helped you to grow personally and professionally?
Alec: HOSA has [impacted my life] beyond what I EVER thought was possible. It has pushed me outside of my comfort zone time and time again. From public speaking, volunteering, to communicating with 150 chapter members, I have been able to gain immense knowledge in operating an organization of influence! It will forever have an impact on my life and my future. HOSA is a part of my DNA!

Alec Jenson participates in a TV interview
spreading the message of breast cancer awareness.

What is the value of State and National Leadership Conferences?
Alec: At State and National Leadership Conferences we are able to learn from the following experiences: creative workshops, symposiums, keynote speakers, networking luncheons, and real world competitive events. These all tie into critical soft skills that are required by all professions. I have been to two National Leadership Conferences and this past June I took 3rd place in the Community Awareness event! It has given me confidence and has inspired me to pursue greater heights in all areas of my life. Conferences are where we develop leadership skills and synergize as an organization. These conferences are necessary ladders of opportunity!

Alec Jenson (right) and his competitive event partner at the
36th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference.
They took 3rd place in the Community Awareness event.

 

HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects. If you’re not a member of HOSA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the HOSA advisor in your school.

Like HOSA on Facebook     Follow HOSA on Twitter     Connect with Alec on LinkedIn

 

Utah Students Excel at HOSA National Leadership Conference

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

On June 26, 2013 more than 7,500 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the 36th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference. Two-hundred Utah HOSA delegates attended the conference with student members competing in 56 skill and competitive events ranging from biotechnology to dental spelling to medical assisting. Utah students excelled as they competed against their peers. Twenty Utah secondary and postsecondary students placed in the top 10 in 16 competitive events.

Congratulations to the HOSA student members, advisors, and state officers who participated and were recognized at the conference. View the list of winners HERE.

Autumn Phelps, a student at Highland High School,
was the U.S. flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies.

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 75 chapters in high schools and colleges throughout the state with a membership of 4,000.