Stepping off of the bus was like walking into a wall of dense humidity, yet the charming greenery and bright skies signaled a happier time. There was no better place for HOSA’s National Leadership Conference than Anaheim, California, where dreams come true. All of the hardcore studying and dedication cumulated into a single event that spanned an exciting five days! We hope you spent your time well, but just in case you missed it, here is a recap of what exactly went down.
DAY 1 | TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
Most people have not arrived in the city yet, but your State Officers and Advisors were hard at work preparing everything for Nevada’s success! HOSA University began today with 301, specifically created for State Officers. It was an unbelievably mind-blowing experience that gave us a chance to interact with other states as well!
DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015
Welcome Nevada! With active icebreakers and the unveiling of our new lightsaber-inspired spirit gear, our state meeting was held early at 10 AM. It was the first time your 2015-2016 State Officer Team addressed Nevada’s chapters! We went over what was expected of each member as a representative of the state, and gave (hopefully) helpful reminders regarding competitive events, schedules, and common
courtesy. The HOSA Expo began today as well, which featured booths from different organizations, companies, and even the U.S. Army. The best part was all the free stuff! The only event this day was the Healthcare Issues Exam.
Finally, at 7:30 PM sharp, with assigned seating for a packed house, the Opening
Session began. The National Executive Council took to the 360 stage in grandeur! Principal Deputy Ed Gabriel outlined the hardships in his life, and keynote speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis, taught us that, “School was cool,” and, “They call you ‘nerd’ today, but they’ll be calling you ‘boss’ tomorrow.”
DAY 3-4 | THURSDAY & FRIDAY, JUNE 25-26, 2015
HOSA supports our future health professionals, so we should always lead by example. Introducing, “Healthy Start to the Day”, where one could enjoy some fulfilling yoga and exercise with fellow members.
A few hours later, HOSA University started once again, this time, 201: Chapter Officers, 101: Members, and 401: New Advisors!
They also participated in educational activities to stimulate their brains and open up a new world of leadership. A multitude of competitive events began early today, as well as the educational symposiums.
Ranging from the crazy “Make Your Dreams Come True!” by Kung Fu Master John Ozuna and “45 Healthcare Careers in 45 Minutes” by Christina Cormier to the essential “Resume and Cover Letter Writing Skills for Successful Teens” by Julie C. Kelly and “Paws 4 Healing: Animal Assisted Therapy” by Dr. Lois Abrams, these symposiums are unforgettable experiences that add to not only your HOSA wisdom, but knowledge about life in general.
The Recognition Session was on Friday night, and recognized Increased State Membership and Advisors. It was also where the 2015-2016 National Executive Council was finally revealed. Afterward, there was a fascinating Hypnotist Show for anyone to see.
DAY 5 | SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015
Here it is! The day that everyone either looks forward to, or deeply despises.
THIS was the day that chapters had free to
spend, whether in Disneyland for the 60th Anniversary, Universal Studios, or wherever Southern California took them. Chapter Day is all about spending time with your club and taking advantage of NLC’s location in Region 1!
But, this was also the day (or should I say night) that truly showed how they ranked with the rest of the country. (It should be noted that the National Council has suggested the event should be renamed “International Leadership Conference” as there are countries such as Canada, Mexico, and Italy present and competing.) The final day holds the Grand Awards Session, and boy, was Nevada successful?!
Congratulations to UNLV for achieving 3rd place in Public Health, and Irma Arciga for 2nd place in Extemporaneous Writing!
Immediate Past President Rosalia Salazar grabbed a spot in the Top 10 for Job Seeking Skills!
Woody Hashibata brought home the gold in Medical Photography!
Congratulations to Abhishek Soni for achieving Top 10 in Medical Math, and State 1st Vice President Jenna Wong-Fortunato for 3rd place in Dental Science!
We’re proud to recognize Victoria De La Hoya for her 2nd place win in Personal Care, Noah Gradillas’ 3rd place win in Sports Medicine, and Simmy Vong’s Top 10 spot in Extemporaneous Health Poster!
VTCTA took home the bronze in EMT and Rancho teams made it to the Top 10 in both Biomedical Debate and PSA!
Finally, Xueying Zheng achieved a Top 10 spot in Extemporaneous Writing!
The new National Executive Council was shown once again, and as voted in the Business Session earlier, a new Middle School Division will be implemented as a part of HOSA’s goal to touch the lives of prospective students early!
For those who felt the need to celebrate their win, or just have a little more fun before the trip is over, the HOSA Dance was just for them! With their own DJ and personal “photo booth”, the dance was a nice place to forget about all your problems and let loose.
We might not be as big as Texas or Georgia, but nevertheless, Nevada made a huge impact! We hope that anyone who did not get a chance to attend the National Leadership Conference does not get discouraged! There is always a next year. Do your best at SLC next year, and who knows? Maybe you’ll have the chance to attend NLC in Nashville Tennessee!
Are you no longer attending high school next year? Consider signing up as an alumnus and join (or maybe even create) a postsecondary/collegiate chapter!