After landing and settling in, your Nevada HOSA State Officers had the chance to start participating in NLC activities! We had the opportunity to meet and interact with other State Officers from across the country at our first symposium, “HOSA University 301- State Officers”. We learned how to improve our time management skills and the importance of delegation. Shortly after, we made sure to rehearse for our state meeting tomorrow and worked to prepare for a big Nevada HOSA welcome! We ended our day with registration setup and organized state materials and necessities for each school such as badges, pins, and spirit items! We hope to have a successful day tomorrow holding our first state meeting for the 2013-2014 term. Your Nevada HOSA State Officers wish everyone luck and hope you are enjoying your stay here at Nashville, Tennessee.
Thursday was competition day. Nevada HOSA members competed in a wide variety of different events that tested their knowledge and skills. Nevada HOSA did very well and many members made it to the second round in their respective competition. Members were able to attend a wide variety of educational symposiums ranging from how to start a post-secondary chapter to recreating the human nervous system. Members also had the chance to see what others were competing in when they went to the HOSA showcase, which displayed events such as MRC partnership and Career Health Display. It was also chapter night so your Nevada HOSA chapters went off for the night to go see Nashville and bond as a chapter!
Today, the State Officer team met with our State Director, Mrs. Tuason, and the UNR members to have lunch at the Oprymills Mall. We ate sandwiches at Which, Wich; it is essentially a Subway but with very interesting sandwich combinations. Later, we had the opportunity to have dinner with our State Advisor, Mrs. Hunewill and State Officer Coach, Ms. Scott. There we had the chance to have the best fried chicken and cornbread in the South! Following this was the National Recognition ceremony where many Nevada members were recognized for their efforts to go above and beyond in HOSA. We were all very proud! Finally, it was time for the long awaited hypnotist show where our very own Mrs. Tuason was hypnotized into dancing like a ballerina and hiding a ten million dollar check! It was the best way to end the night.
Nevada HOSA is in good hands this year. The State Officers started out Saturday morning by heading to Nevada HOSA officer training. Here we learned the basis of being an amazing HOSA leader and we are so eager to start planning for the upcoming year. After training, the officers headed off to the Postsecondary Grand Awards Session. Nevada HOSA is pleased to be able to say that the HOSA bowl team from UNR won Gold for the second year in a row. Way to go to the award-winning team of Anthony Garcia, Jae Song and Frank Gonzalez! Rosa Martinez, also from UNR, was a Top 10 Finalist in Nursing Assisting. UNR HOSA was on a role at this year’s National Leadership Conference. Next up, we were on to the Secondary Grand Awards Session. Nevada would like to congratulate all of our competitors. Everyone worked very hard and we are all proud of everyone’s accomplishments. Nevada HOSA was on fire and we can’t wait to see everyone shine in Orlando for NLC 2014.
We would like to congratulate the following members for their accomplishments in their competitions.
Anna Zhang, Shelly Tang, Vivian On from Clark–Gold in Health Education.
Jakob Tsosie from Elko County–Silver in Extemporaneous Writing.
Christine Siporen from AACT—Top 10 in Medical Assisting
Caitlin Beglinger from Northwest CTA–Top 10 in Medical Photography
Sierra Hunewill and Crystal Zimmerman from Smith Valley—Top 10 in Forensic Medicine
Ryan Cho, Michael Malkusz, and Roman Suslov from Rancho—Top 10 in Public Service Announcement
A BIG congratulations to Nelson Quezada, President of the East Career and Technical Academy HOSA chapter, who was notified that he was accepted into the University of Nevada School of Medicine Seven Year Program.
Nelson will be one of 6 high school students from Southern Nevada to be accepted into this program, which accepts high school students wishing to become physicians. Nelson will attend either the University of Nevada, Las Vegas or the University of Nevada, Reno for the first three years of this program. Upon successfully completing the first three years, he will enter the University of Nevada School of Medicine during his senior year where he will continue his medical school education. This route to becoming a physician is a very competitive and accelerated program. Traditionally, a student finishes their first four years of undergraduate education and then applies to medical school for an additional four years to become a physician.
Congratulations to Nelson for being accepted into this rigorous program!
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Looking back to the beginning of my freshman year in high school, with my baggy clothes and messy hair, I never would have thought I would stand where I am today. I never would have thought that leadership would be such an important aspect of my life and that I would continually aim to convince others to experience the same. Most importantly, I never would have thought that I would have so many unique opportunities, from interviewing Hot Chelle Rae and Allstar Weekend to meeting with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. All of these opportunities have made me grow as a person, and I owe it all to Career and Technical Education.
People always ask me what ethnicity I am and I tell them that I am Ethiopian, but they never really question who I am and where I come from. Growing up in an Ethiopian household, I can surely say that my life has been based on financial circumstances. My parents were both born in Ethiopia, in areas that required more attention on assisting the household rather than receiving an education. When they came to America, my mother worked as a housekeeper and my father worked as a taxicab driver, jobs which they continue until this day. One key word…jobs. I didn’t get the toys I wanted for my birthday and Santa didn’t come for a few Christmases, but I knew that I had loving parents who tried to make the best of things. If it weren’t for them, I would not stand as the valedictorian at one of the best CTE schools in this nation—Southwest Career and Technical Academy, an Apple-Distinguished school.
CTE curriculums and teachers, some of the best teachers that I have had, prepare you for the future careers that you may be interested in pursuing. They truly care where you end up in life and the hands-on equipment allows students to learn more actively. I cannot even begin to explain the opportunities I have had at SWCTA, and I truly will miss it when I graduate this year. My program area, Respiratory Therapy, consists of a family of students who are also great leaders. I have learned through my role as Nevada HOSA’s State Secretary that leadership is an important part of the health care field and for my career. My Respiratory Therapy teacher’s encouragement and my experiences within HOSA—Future Health Professionals have allowed me to explore pursuing a health career. Additionally, my experience in DECA has allowed me to explore marketing/business careers. Now I feel confident going into college about the direction I want to take for my career. One key word…career. CTE has motivated me to want something better and become someone better in order to one day say, “I am a successful doctor with my own office” or “I am a successful businesswoman.”
From speaking to legislators in Washington D.C. to networking with students and community leaders across the United States, CTE has led me to a path filled with long lasting friendships, opportunity, and a life of success. Where the world is voiceless, I will stand for those who do not have the power or the courage. I will excel with the motivation to give back to my community and my parents for everything they have done for me. I will work harder, think smarter, and hold myself to high standards; as a leader in a movement to change the world. One key word…leader.
Thank you to those who have supported Career and Technical Education. Because of your assistance in pushing for CTEs, you have planted seeds across the United States that will soon blossom and make positive impacts in communities across the nation.
Hello State Officer Candidates,
Congratulations on taking the first step toward becoming a leader for Nevada HOSA and thank you for your willingness to serve all the members of our association. As you are busy preparing for the upcoming State Leadership Conference, the state officer team would like to give you some guidance and support. We will be holding a conference call on Monday, March 11th at 6:00pm for all state officer candidates to discuss your SLC schedule and answer any questions that you might have regarding the candidacy process. We highly encourage you to be a part of this call, and I have attached the agenda below. If you have any questions prior to this call, please do not hesitate to contact me email@example.com. Good luck and I look forward to talking with all of you!