SEC HOSA Stories

Tyler's Story

posted Nov 26, 2013, 11:41 AM by Michael Craddock   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 11:41 AM ]

My HOSA Story I remember sitting in class and learning about what seemed to be a good organization. I sat there thinking "Man, this would be great for me. HOSA can impact me in the best possible way." I continued to learn about the HOSA motto, the national service project, how many national members, the HOSA emblem and other various things HOSA related. Within a matter of minuets I fell in love with HOSA. Even though at first I was reluctant to join, I eventually decided I would become involved. My parents even became enthusiastic about me being involved. It was a great choice on my behalf but without my advisor going in depth of all positive aspects, I would never have became a member of such a thriving organization.

As soon as I found out about SLC, I immediately wanted to take part in an event. Finding what event I wanted to do was tough, but a friend and I finally chose to do CPR/first aid. My friend and I would stay after school practicing for SLC for about an hour or maybe even longer. HOSA gave me a chance to hone my CPR/first aid skills but also gave me chances to build lasting friendships. People who attend the same school as me who I thought I would never even talk to, I started talking to because of HOSA Not only friendships with my peers, but even friendships with advisors. The people involved with HOSA are some of the best people I have had the pleasure to ever meet.

One of my first great experiences while being part of HOSA was going to SLC. I was blown away by my time at SLC. Meeting new people, participating in my event, going to workshops, I loved it. It even inspired me to apply for region VI Vice President. I realized then that HOSA is for me. HOSA can give me the skills to succeed every day and opportunities that will allow me to become a better person. I also found out that HOSA can provide me with endless leadership opportunities. Not only did SLC inspire me, but NLC inspired me and will be an experience I will always remember. NLC was truly AMAZING! People from 48 states and Puerto Rico participating in more than 50 events, what a great thing. Being around so many positive people who believe in healthcare professions was an amazing feeling. After having the chance to listen to Dr. Ben Carson speak at NLC was both amazing and inspiring. Because of the opportunities it has given me, I think about HOSA every day, and I'm proud to say that I am a member of this organization.

HOSA has provided me numerous life skills that have built a better me. I cannot think of any other organization that can provide as many life skills to someone all while trying to build future health professionals. Although I do not plan to become a doctor or maybe not a nurse, I know that because of the skills HOSA has given me, I will succeed at anything I choose no matter what. My intentions are to become an officer in the Marine Corps, and since I've been part of HOSA, that goal seems more and more possible as each day goes by. HOSA has put myself on the road to success and it will continue to put thousands of students on the road to success in the years to come. I consider HOSA as one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Whitney's Story

posted Nov 26, 2013, 11:40 AM by Michael Craddock

Hello, my name is Whitney Hector and I am your Virginia State Parliamentarian. I first heard about HOSA in my Intro to Health Occupations class, and decided to join once I heard more about it. Soon after I went to our regional Fall Leadership Academy and I loved it; all the activities really helped me chose what I wanted to do with my life. Then I was off to the State Leadership Conference, as the only freshman in my class thinking I will never fit in here, I was scared, but I quickly made friends in competitions and workshops and got over the fear of being there, and after 2 short years of being in HOSA, I am in the Virginia HOSA Executive Council writing to you, the future of Virginia HOSA. Now LET'S HAVE A GREAT YEAR!!!!!

Aaron's Story

posted Nov 26, 2013, 11:40 AM by Michael Craddock

My name is Aaron Wayne McKinney II. I became president of HOSA for the state of Virginia this year. I am the oldest of 5 boys, two of which currently live with my mother and I. Looking back and picturing the series of events that landed me in my current position, I think of Asa, my second youngest brother. He's only four years old, but his existence has probably been the most influential in my character and development as a person.

I remember being in the 7th grade when I learned that mom was pregnant. I didn't understand much about it back then, but I recall everyone being happy for a while. It wasn't until my mom began going to a hospital that was much further away from home (Duke University Medical Center) that I began noticing the mood shift. My parents argued a lot and mom visited the hospital for longer periods of time. Then one day, my dad informed my brother and me about the difficulty my mother was facing in her pregnancy. He said he didn't know whether or not the baby would survive; that the child would have to go through many surgeries immediately after birth that may or may not be successful. I was disheartened, but still hopeful. Back then I couldn't tell you much about a congenital heart disease or begin to describe what hypo plastic left heart syndrome was. I was told that things like what my family has experienced are unfortunate, but couldn't be helped. I was told that there was nothing I could do about the situation. The answer I was given to deal with the dilemma at hand was to simply pray and hope for the best. That answer wasn't good enough. I began to research the causes of birth defects to learn what I could about what was going on. Asa was born and Dr. Jaggers was successful with his first surgery. There was still a lot I didn't understand about my brother's condition. I deeply desired to know more in hope that I'd grow to understand and potentially be of assistance in the future.

Before starting high school, I learned of a magnet school outside of my district that also had a medical academy. It seemed like my best chance and first step toward being able to help, so I applied to attend for my freshman year. The acceptance letter came in with an unfortunate precondition. The school was so far from where I lived that I ended up getting up each morning at 6 am to ride two buses and eventually arrive at school by 8:40. The journey each day was long, but worth it. At the Southern Guilford Medical Academy, I took my first health and medical science class. The world of medical terminology became a second language for me. Asa's doctors and nurses' dialogue didn't seem so foreign anymore and I could ask questions that helped me better understand.

Health Occupations Students of America gave me an even broader perspective than I had imagined. I didn't know much about the program at first and was skeptical about paying five dollars to join. No one gave me an in depth description, so I had to learn for myself what it was all about. Once I got involved, so much changed in my life. I learned about the plethora of areas in health and medicine that I could contribute to while being pushed by my peers to study harder and be my best. I grew from caring for the wellbeing of my younger brother alone to being conscious of anyone I encountered in need. This organization has grown to be part of who I am.

I now live by the national HOSA Creed and have been able to help or be of assistance to more people than I'd have ever imagined. Health Occupations Students of America has taught me to be a speaker, it has trained me in first aid, it has pushed me to become a CNA, it has made me a Ben Carson scholar, it has transformed me into a guide for other future healthcare professionals, and it continues to drive me further ahead every day.

Kayla's Story

posted Nov 26, 2013, 11:39 AM by Michael Craddock   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 11:39 AM ]

As State Secretary and Region II Vice President, I've had a plethora of  experiences within HOSA.  Before becoming a state officer, I had many  different expectations for what involvement in the organization would  bring.  I expected to gain a great deal of leadership experience as well  as more exposure to the health and medical field.  As one may expect,  I accomplished these goals easily, and surpassed them in exponential  measures.  However, I never expected HOSA to impact me on a more  personal level.   HOSA has helped to mold my personal character by  forging strong relationships within the organization.

In November, I held my first Fall Leadership Academy.  While talking  with fellow members, I was approached by a middle school chapter and  we began to talk about our excitement for HOSA.  Their smiling faces  and good hearted nature stuck with me, and became a fond memory.  I  would never have expected to see the same group of ladies months later in  March at State Leadership Conference.   To my surprise, they immediately  recognized me and the rounds of laughter began soon after.  Experiences  like this and others taught me that first impressions can transform a single  moment into lasting memories.

While at State Leadership Conference, I began to forge lasting  friendships with my fellow officers, especially the current president,  Aaron McKinney.  Through talking to Aaron, I began to find several  commonalities between the two of us, regarding our roles as state  officers.  From simple introductions through HOSA, I gained genuine,  longtime friendships.  Along with friendships, I have garnered role models  who have enriched my life in the greatest sense.

HOSA has given me not only the ability to be a strong and  compassionate leader, but also a foundation to build strong personal  relationships with fellow officers and members.  The lessons that I've been  able to learn from my fellow HOSA friends have helped me greatly, and  from that I am able to serve others.

Paige's Story

posted Nov 26, 2013, 11:38 AM by Michael Craddock   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 11:39 AM ]

When I started high school I did not know anything about HOSA or even know that HOSA was a thing. As I finished up my freshman year and began my sophomore year I started to learn about HOSA. I was taking a health and medical sciences class that required you to participate in HOSA for a class grade. I quickly learned that this would not be something that I could do the minimum and still get credit. I was going to have to put in the hours to get the credit and grade I wanted.

At first this was very bad and not fun at all, but it got better. This made me get involved with my peers that were just like me and also wanted to be a health care professional. I looked at HOSA as something I had to do, but I quickly learned as I met more people that I wanted to be in HOSA. So as I came to the end of my sophomore year I began to volunteer to for my HOSA chapter's events just for fun.

I also attended HOSA's State Leadership Conference and got second place. That summer I went to Orlando, Florida to attend the National Leadership Conference. The conferences really introduced me to some amazing people and allowed me to meet students from different states. HOSA made me want to be a better person and become a better student. It also made me realize that I needed to strive to make good grades in school to become a health professional.

This was only the beginning of everything HOSA would teach me. In my junior year I gained leadership skills through HOSA by becoming my HOSA chapter's secretary. This allowed me to become involved in planning my chapter's events and leading my chapter. HOSA gave me many great opportunities while being a learning experience for me.

As my leadership skills got better I became more confident in doing things with HOSA. I began to lead chapter events and introduce myself to others that I did not know. I was able to use my new found confidence at the state and national leadership conferences I attended again as a junior. I also decided to use my new leadership skills to run for the executive council for Virginia HOSA. At State Leadership Conference it was announced that I would be the Region III Vice President for the 2013-2014 year. This was a huge accomplishment for me and I knew it would not have been possible without HOSA. I knew that all my hard work had paid off and that I was going to have a great opportunity to use the leadership skills HOSA had taught me. HOSA has done nothing but great things for me and for my career. I believe that HOSA will continue to do great things for me.

Diana's Story

posted Nov 26, 2013, 11:38 AM by Michael Craddock   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 11:38 AM ]

Hello! My name is Dianna Argueta and I am the VA HOSA Region V Vice President. I am currently a rising senior at William Monroe High School/ Greene County Technical Education Center. This upcoming year will be my third year in HOSA and I am beyond excited. Being surrounded by people who share similar interests is a great feeling and that's one of the main reasons why this organization truly means a lot to me.

What inspired me to become part of the executive council was the idea of being able to lead our HOSA members and provide a positive influence to their future careers. I really love helping people out all I can and as a part of HOSA I feel like that is what we intend to do. I have not had much experience as a leader so at first I was hesitant to run for office. Public speaking is definitely one of my weaknesses but I managed to deliver a decent speech at SLC to the voting delegates.

Tying into that, SLC was a great experience for me considering it was the first one I attended. I competed in the Public Service Announcement event and placed fifth overall. SLC provided me with a better understanding of HOSA and I loved the competitive environment in the events. The executive council this past year did an amazing job with everything there. Towards the end of SLC, I learned that I had won which made me extremely happy.

I know it's a lot to put on your plate but as a part of the executive council I will definitely grow as a leader and will obtain lifelong skills and not to mention lasting friendships and memories. I plan to do a lot within my chapter to make it the best year we've had especially because it'll be my last year in my local chapter but I, without a doubt, plan to be involved with HOSA after high school. Now, putting on my HOSA uniform fills me with pride and eagerness to fulfill my position as Region V Vice President. I know it will guide me down the path to be an amazing health care professional. I hope that this will be a wonderful year for the 2013-2014 VA HOSA executive council and its members!

Brett's Story

posted Nov 26, 2013, 11:37 AM by Michael Craddock   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 11:37 AM ]

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for Virginia HOSA this year, this is going to be a big year of growth. Many ask me as a state officer what I like most about HOSA, how do you implement all of your leadership skills efficiently, and how does it feel to be a state officer? Even though these are all good questions, I want to talk about my journey through HOSA.

My journey through HOSA began in 9th grade when my older sister told me to join. I had no idea what HOSA was, what it stood for, or who to join through. But on back to school night, my local advisor, the wonderful Mrs. Blankenship, had a booth set up for interested, future health professionals. I went over to her booth and she looks dead at me and says, "You're Kaitlyn's little brother aren't you?" I was startled because I forgot that my sister brags on me like no tomorrow. Mrs. B said she had heard plenty of good things about me.

Into my freshman year I was elected Vice-President of Bassett High School HOSA, but I had no idea what was in store for me. My first year in HOSA and I was an officer putting in many of hours helping my local chapter prosper all for the better. My 10th grade year is when my HOSA journey took off. I was elected as Vice-President of my local chapter and competed to attend states, where I placed first in epidemiology, but not only did I place I became Virginia HOSA's State Vice-President of Region VI and VII, one of the best moments of my life!

After obtaining my office, my local advisor was speechless until she said, "What am I going to do with you, always striving to be the best?" I never knew how to answer her question, so I decided to show her. Then came my junior year being a state officer and in a program to graduate with my associate's degree, I had to finish planning the Region VI FLA, homework, a part-time job, and not enough time to do it. After a successfully executed FLA, I had some time to get ready for State Leadership Conference and get everything ready for the best experience of my life. I never knew how important it was to wear a navy blue suit and lead a state to being bigger and better.

Now I am currently a senior, in my second year of my associate's degree, finalizing plans for college, helping others, and serving always through my Vice-Presidency in Virginia HOSA. Let's have a great year, and I can't wait to see everyone at SLC in March!! 

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