On Friday, October 30th, Spring Valley HOSA hosted a Color War on Blood Cancers. This event raised over $700 dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to help support their mission to create a world without blood cancers. Approximately, 150 participants spent a fun hour throwing packets of color on each other, dancing, partaking in the organized games like
“the blob” and racing through an obstacle course. One of the most popular activities was the teacher color bomb, where students threw color on teacher volunteers. Students, teachers, administrators, HOSA leaders, and the National Guard helped to make the first ever Color War an overwhelming success! The Color War encompassed what Spring Valley HOSA is all about having fun while doing good for others!
On October 21st, Spring Valley’s HOSA chapter spent the evening volunteering at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s annual Boo at the Zoo. Sixtyfive students and their advisors manned educational booths and passed out candy to trick-or-treaters while helping the staff at the zoo provide a fun, safe, family-friendly environment for community members, during their Halloween Spooktacular!
Spring Valley HOSA lit up the night in a walk through Finlay Park on Thursday, October 29th, in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual ‘Light the Night’ walk. The night kicked off with music, food, and fellowship. Cancer survivors were then given the opportunity to share their truly inspiring stories about their journey with cancer.
People walked with lanterns held high around Finlay Park, and just when the night seemed like it couldn’t get any better, a truly breathtaking display of fireworks filled the air during the last lap. Students, as well as the entire community were brought together in one place, for one night, to celebrate something near and dear to our hearts since money raised during other big events will be going directly to L&L Society. It was a great way for HOSA members to show support for the National Service Project!
On Monday, November 2nd, HOSA inducted eighty-two future health professionals, some of whom were returning but many were new members. Tanvi Mehta, Priyanka Rao, and Nerielle Legaspi were inducted as this year’s HOSA officers. The other members of this year’s leadership team were introduced: Malarie Schexnider, Cayla Riley, Maya Ingram, Vijay Tripathi, and Jasmin Angeles. This induction ceremony marked the official beginning of this year’s HOSA membership.
At our annual events night, SVHS HOSA members were introduced to competitive events at the chapter, state, and national levels. We had two of HOSA alumni speak about their competitive event experiences, since they placed 2nd in the nation last year. We also allowed our members to partake in three different mock events: creative problem solving, extemporaneous health poster, and interview skills. SVHS HOSA is gearing up for a great competitive season!! State competitions will take place in March in Charleston, SC.
White Knoll High School HOSA Chapter delivered 9-11 remembrance/recognition pins to Lexington County Fire, Lexington County EMS, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, and Lexington City Police on September 9, 2015.
Students and advisors hand delivered the pins to each office with a thank you note and an invitation to join us during a flag raising ceremony at school. A representative of each division of Emergency Services attended our ceremony along with approximately 75 students and staff. Among those attendees, Major J. J. Jones from Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He was a part of the delegation from White Knoll Middle who delivered the firetruck to the New York City Fire Station after losing their truck and several members in the 9-11 attacks. Major Jones was very moved to see the generosity of White Knoll continue to serve and recognize emergencyresponders.
As part of education and remembrance, the school broadcasted historical information about the events of 9-11 and the activities WKHS HOSA planned. We also had a HOSA meeting in which 1st Sgt. David Pelley reminded the members about the incredible community response from White Knoll and how it made national headlines in 2001 for the extraordinary efforts made by such a small community.