The beautiful Anaheim Convention Center, right across from the Hilton and the Mariott.
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
Drawing unique characteristics about each other
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
At the Army Tent, practicing saving lives.
Gap Medics giving students medical internships abroad!
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.
The famous arena
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.”
Speaker, author, and philanthropist, Dr. Sampson Davis signs copies of his novels, such as "Living and Dying in Brick City".
DAY 3-4 | THURSDAY & FRIDAY, JUNE 25-26, 2015
Our Nevadans getting down to business!
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.
HOSA University included so many innovative activities...
A few hours later, HOSA University started once again, this time, 201: Chapter Officers, 101: Members, and 401: New Advisors!
You never know what to expect from a symposium!
Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) Lemon Challenge has arrived! Cancer bites, but HOSA bites back! Thank you Oklahoma HOSA!
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.
Saying goodbye to the 2014-2015 National Officers.
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
The Diamond Celebration
Some even went to Los Angeles!
Here it is! The day that everyone either looks forward to, or deeply despises.
When not going through training, your State Officers had some fun too!
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!
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT
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?!
Looking spiffy in uniform
We're so proud of you!
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!
She got to shake Hugo's hand!
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!
Top 10 Finalists get this cool pin and certificate!
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 2015-2016 National Executive Council
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!
Better than any school dance I've been to
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 hope you all had the chance to interact with other states and trade pins!
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!