Anyone who’s been to a HOSA state leadership conference knows that excitement and anticipation fills the air. From Talents shows, not-terrible karaoke, competitive events, to running for state office, the 2015 (March 15- 17) conference never failed to bring memorable and fun experiences to those who participated!
What Happened during the conference?
In case you were wondering, here’s a recap:
State Officer Candidates
More State Officer Candidates!
On the first day during the opening session, introductions were made, awards were given out to knowledge test finalists, and state candidates made their speeches!
One of the Educational Symposiums!
Symposiums were held all around the Rio, including the one led by 2014-2015 past state officers (Rosalia Salazar and Jakob Tsosie). Members got to see what type of leader they were (strict, democratic, or laissez faire). Four groups were formed to make a building out of straws and marshmallows. The first group had strict leaders; the second, democratic; the third, laissez faire; the last, a dynamic group of all leaders.
Spoiler alert: the democratic group won, even though in theory, the dynamic group should have won. I guess there were just too may awesome democratic leaders!
Awesome Past State Officers Jenny Ha and Bethany Cooper
Past state officers got to meet up and see the growth of Nevada HOSA.
Look at all of these Future Health Professionals!
- West CTA Chapter
Ojo in his banana suit at the talent show
Of course, after the opening session, there was a talent show to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! We had the privilege of seeing Mr. Ojo Ventura do his banana dance for the show. It was funny, its was awesome.
- Snacks at CSN
On the second day of the conference, members were to compete in their event at CSN, and since it was confidential and no pictures were taken during competition, here’s a snapshot of what happened behind the scenes. Long story short: competing makes competitors hungry, especially when they have to wait for their turn to compete. In the end, snacks were sold and devoured, and connections and friendships were made during the waiting time. After all, don’t they say that the best friendships are made while sharing a bag of Doritos?
The third day, aka, the day that your life depends on.
Just kidding, it’s not that serious, but it kind of is. On the third day, there is closing ceremony, which is when all medalists for competitive events are called up. Also, its when the State officers present their tearful farewell speeches and the new state officers are inducted. See? Definitely life-changing.
- Winners of the Talent Show!
Of course, the now Past State Officers made their farewell speeches and waved goodbye.
2014-2015 State Officer Team
And then there were amazing and awesome speakers:
One of the guest speakers: Shelley Berkley, CEO of Tauro University
And then there was induction of the new state officers:
- Katherine Chu being inducted as the 2015-2016 State President. (I don’t know who she is, but I heard she’s really cool)
Standing on stage are the old and new state officers. The candle is lit and the flame is passed on!
Finally, it’s time to go back home from the conference. Members left with new experiences worth telling. Some were happy. Some were sad that the experience was ending. Others were thrilled by the thought of getting to attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA.
In the end, this conference really changed the lives of many young students-students who share the passion of becoming a compassionate future health professional. Lessons were taught, lessons were learned; experiences were shared, experiences were made. There was personal growth; friendships were made. Perhaps the most important thing to know is that health care, the foundation of our future, is in good hands.
Next stop: HOSA-National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California!!!