Every winter during the month of February, Kennedy Middle School in Aiken SC, hosts Mini Courses on each Wednesday for all 6-8th grades. For the last five years, the Aiken County Career and Technology Center Health Science/HOSA students have been invited to participate with the event. Each year the “Insight into Health Care Careers” has been presented. Middle school students are introduced to basic first aid, vital signs, and even infection control. Students are given the opportunity for hands on learning, as well as the various career paths available in healthcare using tools like explorehealthcareers.org, schosa.org and hosa.org. These students are given an insight into the unique opportunities that the health science class and the HOSA organization can give any student interested in a health career. Through INNOVATIVE teaching methods, the ACCTC Health Science/HOSA class hopes to INSPIRE future generations and IGNITE a passion for learning and careers in healthcare.
Great Job, Aiken County Career & Technology Center HOSA Students!
Yamolli Gaona, Bryson Fulmer, Keely Jordan, Charlotte Day & Brooke Day
Sheila Gordon was recognized for her significant role as a leader with SC HOSA. Sheila is a local advisor, from White Knoll High School, in Lexington, SC. Sheila also serves on the SC HOSA Board of Directors, in addition to being an Event Manager for Sports Medicine events at the State Leadership Conference year after year. This award is richly deserved.
Sheila is also a leader in her professional organization and is known nationally as well as locally.
Sheila’s commitment to students is a big part of why the health science/sports medicine program at WKHS is successful at preparing students for careers and the real world.
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.