Students in the Holt, Liberty and Timberland high school HOSA (Future Health Professionals) chapters competed in the Missouri HOSA State Leadership Conference, which was held virtually March 22-26 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Twelve WSD students brought home an award and qualified to move on to the HOSA 44th Annual International Leadership Conference (ILC), which will take place virtually this year, June 23-26.
Liberty junior Sanjana Anand was elected Missouri HOSA Vice President. Anand will serve in one of three positions; Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Membership, or Vice President of Public Relations, which will be determined at a later date by the State Officer Team in collaboration with the Missouri HOSA State Advisor and State Office Advisor.
Several Liberty students received awards at the event: junior Sanjana Anand received the silver level of the Barbara James Service Award for completing over 175 hours of healthcare-related community service, and seniors Kailey Cain and Sarvani Kunapareddy, and junior Jaden Zelidon received the bronze level of the Barbara James Service Award for completing over 100 hours of healthcare-related community service, which qualifies each of them to compete at the ILC. Additionally, the following students advanced to the international level based on their performance during the virtual state conference in their respective categories:
Holt High School
Nate Hoenig, 1st place – Medical Math
Catherine Gard, 1st place – Medical Spelling
Liberty High School
Mahathi Manikandan, Sruthi Ramesh, and Jaden Zelidon, 1st place – Health Education
Timberland High School
Amelia Seiz, 1st place – Extemporaneous Writing (third year in a row)
Lucy Felber, 2nd place – Healthy Lifestyle
Alyssa Prewitt, 3rd place – Extemporaneous Writing
Caroline Jenkins, 3rd place – Human Growth and Development
HOSA is sponsored by Destiny Politte (Holt), Jennifer Strathman (Liberty) and James Craghead (Timberland), and students must be enrolled in one of the District’s Project Lead the Way Biomedical classes in order to be a member of the chapter. Missouri HOSA has over 2,500 student and professional members who belong to the 82 active HOSA chapters across the state.