24th Jul2014

Oregon HOSA at the 2014 National Leadership Conference!

by Oregon HOSA

by Evangeline Matley

Hello Oregon HOSA!

Last month, 7 of our members traveled to Disney’s Coronado Springs in Orlando, Florida to attend one of the biggest, most exciting events of the year, The 2014 National Leadership conference! The largest NLC in HOSA history started off with a bang as 8,400 members from all across the world- from Puerto Rico to Oregon, came together at the opening ceremony. You could just feel the energy of the room pulse as our 2014 national officers entered the stage, accompanied by none other than Mickey Mouse and friends!

Excitement high and spirit radiating, national HOSA recognized the outstanding membership increase of several states, with Washington more than doubling in size! With members like you and advocacy, Oregon HOSA is well on its way to making it to the stage. Scholarship recognition and special awards were given that night, and totaled to an impressive 55 scholarship receivers and $63,000. These members truly exemplified this year’s theme “the future starts now” with their incredible achievements reflecting hard work and dedication.

Recognition and awards aside, It was with honor that HOSA welcomed the world renowned theoretical physicist, bestselling author, popularizer of science, and futurist, Dr.Michio Kaku to our 37th annual NLC as keynote speaker. Absolutely beaming with his love for science, he captivated the audience with a truly inspirational speech on his take on tomorrow’s health care. His point of view gave HOSA a whole new spin on viewing the future of healthcare, with one of my favorite quotes “In the future, computers will be everywhere, and nowhere”. You can watch his speech and more from the 2014 NLC Grand Opening Session at the link listed at the bottom of the page.

With HOSA’s 37th annual NLC officially started, we transitioned into days spent reviewing bypoolside, exploring the different interactive workshops, and making unforgettable memories with new HOSA friends at the happiest place on earth.  A competitive feel hung in the air, perhaps even thicker than the Florida humidity! Eyes set on gold, who wouldn’t be? This however, only bonded our HOSA family closer. With pockets of time and holes in our schedules, what better way to show your support than attending one of the many exciting competitions? All throughout the week, members could view incredible member made poster presentations, cheer on newfound friends at the terminology-bee, or one of my favorites, watch as teams armed with medical knowledge battle it out at HOSA bowl!

Friday, June 27, was surely an exciting time for the future of HOSA. The 2014-15 national executive council was announced and eight (including President Hugo Quezada) out of 33 applicants were officially slated into their new positions. You can find their biographies and positions here. We are also excited to announce the official national service project for the next two years, partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

As the last competition was finalized and Saturday rolled around, what better way to celebrate hard work then a trip to Disney World? Anxiety lingered and all were anxious to hear their placing at the awards ceremony, but surrounded by HOSA family it was easy to forget. Around every corner were enthusiastic members more than happy to make new friends, trade state pins, and maybe even take an award winning selfie! (Did I mention the NLC selfie contest)?  That night, thousands of students, family, advisors and spectators sat at the edge of their seat awaiting the final results. One by one the top placing competitors made their way to the stage to claim their medals and certificates. Oregon HOSA congratulates one of our own, Brielle McKinney of Klamath county HOSA for her astounding achievement of placing top ten in the nation for Pharmacology!

Sunday, June 29th, was bittersweet as the 2014 HOSA NLC came to end. This year’s NLC was truly an unforgettable experience, those of us who could make it this year had the time of our lives and want to share it with you! We at Oregon HOSA cannot stress how immensely important fundraising is.  It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s conference which HOSA is excited to announce will be held June of 2015 (on our own coast) at Anaheim, California!   In the spirit of this year’s theme, I encourage you to take that extra step and simply.. “Lead!”

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11th Jul2014

Meet Your 2014-2015 State Officers!

by Oregon HOSA

Author: Evangeline Matley

Hey Oregon HOSA!

Just over two months ago during our State leadership conference your new state officers were elected. They will be the ones who will help plan and coordinate events such as OLI as well as building and maintaining Oregon HOSA for the 2014-2015 year. Got any questions or just want to get more involved in HOSA? These guys are here for you! So who are these newly elected officers?

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