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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!!