NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Five local HOSA students attended an international event here and came back with a couple of honors.
While most teens were enjoying summer vacation, ﬁve students traveled to Tennessee to represent Mount Airy High at HOSA’s 39th International Leadership Conference recently.
HOSA, Health Occupations Students of America, was founded in 1976 for high school and college students interested in pursing a career in the health care arena to gain leadership skills, conﬁdence and knowledge.
HOSA students compete in health care career-centered skill events and participate in professional-level educational events and activities.
Mount Airy’s HOSA Chapter has enjoyed success in the past few years, said Lynn Snow, a registered nurse who is the HOSA advisor. The chapter continues its success with active and excited members such as this year’s attending members Rachel Evans, Anna Ilyasova, Hailey Jessup, Dalila Nicholson and Emily Snow.
To earn the opportunity to attend this international event, members had to achieve a top-three position in state competition. These five did, along with Samantha Willard who could not attend because of a scheduling conﬂict.
At the international event, Anna Ilyasova participated in a competition called Researched Persuasive Speaking.
Anna had to write a paper and present her argument for a pre-determined prompt in order to compete, stated the school system.
This year’s prompt was related to whether to not a minor is capable of making sound judgment calls related to their own medical care.
Ilyasova successfully persuaded the judges to view her opinion well enough to place second out of a field of more than 100 others from the United States, Canada, Italy and Puerto Rico.
The rising senior is president-elect of the club and is attending Governor School. Fluent in both English and Russian, she aspires to be a doctor.
According to Snow, Evans successfully completed the very rigid requirements set forth by the international HOSA to earn Mount Airy’s chapter recognition as an Outstanding HOSA Chapter. Evans is the 2015-2016 president of NC-HOSA District 7.
A year ago, Evans represented North Carolina HOSA at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, where she participated in “HOSA University.” She has said that she plans to become a forensic pathologist and then a medical examiner.
“It cannot be stated clearly enough how important and beneﬁcial it is for high school students to get involved in an organization like HOSA,” said Snow.
“It teaches professionalism, manners, etiquette and leadership skills that are so hard to come by into today’s world. I feel like it gives those who fully immersed themselves in all that HOSA has to offer a competitive edge in today’s competitive world of winning scholarships, college acceptance, and future career placement a very real advantage.”
While on the road, Snow and the students kept the folks back home informed via social media.
When Ilyasova won second place, Snow tweeted, “She had to leave Governors School, ﬂy in Wednesday night, compete in ﬁrst round early Thursday morning and second round late Thursday night then leave early Friday morning to go back to Governor’s School. She fought through the hardship of having to make such a quick trip and came out on top!”
Because she had already left before the awards were announced, Ilyasova’s club mates accepted the medal on her behalf.
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