30th Jul2015

2015 National Leadership Conference: Oregon HOSA’s Journey!

by Oregon HOSA

Oregon HOSA: Represent!

Hello Oregon HOSA!

As the years pass, Oregon HOSA continues to grow and improve together! This year, we had over 30 members attend the 2015 National Leadership Conference held in Anaheim, California. Compared to last year, we more than tripled the amount of representatives present at NLC. Hooray Oregon HOSA!  From June 23 to June 28, Oregon HOSA was able to spend time networking, learning, and competing, all while having a blast! With representatives from Canada and Mexico, and 8,550 HOSA members present at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hilton Anaheim, this year’s National Leadership Conference was surely the best one yet.

Oregon HOSA’s 2015 NLC Pin

Oregon HOSA was off to great start, especially after receiving our pins! Every member was excited and truly representing the spirit we Oregonians carry. At opening session, the convention center was ablaze with energy not only from our state, but from the whole nation. Opening session invigorated members due to the thrill of the 2014-2015 National Executive Council, along with keynote speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis. His book, Living and Dying in Brick City, explains his journey into the medical field and many issues seen in the medical community today. Dr. Davis was raised by a single mother in a family of six, and found himself struggling to remain cheerful and content as a teenager. One day, he and his two best friends made a promise to become doctors, and a decade later, the promise was still kept. Sampson Davis inspired all members that night to keep surging forward and to never give up. He embodies HOSA’s vision of having the ability to change others’ lives. Taking after his wonderful example, Oregon HOSA will do our best to never give up!

 

Benson Polytechnic High School's Chapter from Oregon HOSA was featured in this year’s NLC Program on Page 66!

With the 38th Annual National Leadership Conference commenced, the next days were spent in competition, at the HOSA expo, in educational symposiums and anywhere state pin trading could be done! Oregon HOSA members spent their time well, having loads of fun while making new friends and learning something new every day. Many members and chapters supported each other by attending showcases, watching competitions, holding study sessions and sharing materials. Oregon HOSA came together and it was amazing to see the state pride in our chapters: Benson, Health and Science, Kennedy, Madison and Willamette.

Healthcare is needed throughout the world and Oregon HOSA is ready to help out!

 

After round one competitions on June 25th, it was on to round two the next day! Oregon HOSA was a community of support for those who moved on and those who are ready to try again next year. Along with the excitement of competition, the buzz in the air was also for the National Officer Candidates. With 26 applicants, and each one amazing, it was difficult for Oregon HOSA to settle for just one candidate. After the second day of competition, Oregon HOSA members spent the night at the Recognition Session. National HOSA recognized the state memberships with outstanding membership increase and this year, Oregon HOSA took 2nd place with a whopping 85% growth! Coming in first was our sister state, Washington HOSA at 87% ! At the Recognition Session, the 2015-2016 National Executive council was also revealed. Oregon HOSA is excited to see what our 2015-2016 National Officers have in store for next year’s NLC!

The Expo held many cool sights. One of Oregon HOSA's favorites was the Human Lung!

After all of the hard work Oregon HOSA had done, Saturday was Disney day and all members were able to relax! The thought of competition results were the last things on members minds as everyone came together to celebrate. Hours of laughter and fun created unforgettable memories for all. Afterwards, it was time to come together for the final session: Awards Session. The much anticipated wait had finally ended. Watching the finalists appear on the screen, everyone stood by for their competitive event to come up. Oregon HOSA went wild when Ngantranh Nguyen, from Benson Polytechnic, placed in the top ten in the nation for Medical Spelling! Way to go! After a great, enthusiastic session, the HOSA Dance was the final event to end a perfect day. National Officers got down on the dance floor and many dance offs broke out, ending the night.

Members celebrated all of their hard work at Disney!

June 28th was the wistful end of the 2015 National Leadership Conference. Members were already missing California hours before they had to board their planes. This year’s NLC topped off the last and Oregon HOSA was able to strengthen its connections.  All of our hard work paid off and we can’t wait for next year’s members to share this amazing experience. As Dr. Sampson Davis eloquently words this, “You have the ability to change lives. You don’t get to give up. You do this for your advisors and parents who have supported you. And one day, your student will do the same for you.” With that, all members headed home, ready to forge their careers after their amazing week at the Home of the Happiest Place on Earth.

Our 2014-2015 National Officers kicked it off with some Oregon HOSA members before Awards Session! The start to an incredible night!

Are you ready for next year’s NLC at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee? Preparation is key! Study hard with your members to show your best at State! Also, keep in mind that fundraising for Nationals (and State) will help your wallet keep its weight. Work hard this year and it’ll truly pay off! We hope to see you next year at the 2016 National Leadership Conference!

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15th Jul2015

Oregon HOSA NLC Press Release

by Oregon HOSA

Oregon HOSA Members attended the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA to take advantage of many opportunities and to be recognized! For specific information, please see the Oregon HOSA NLC Press Release.

Oregon HOSA NLC 2015 Press Release

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