Middleton HOSA Sends Two to Nationals
Middleton High School HOSA students, ranging from seventh to twelfth grade, attended the TN HOSA State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga March 24. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America and is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Health Science Education. Its mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
This year, over 2,700 HOSA students throughout the state of Tennessee competed at state conference. Before attending the state level of competition, most competitions require students to attend the regional HOSA competition and place in the top five of their region in order to compete at the state level. Attending HOSA State Conference helps students gain confidence and leadership skills while networking with other students with the same future career interests. Students also put a significant amount of time into studying and preparing for the tests and skills in their competitive events.
Ten MHS HOSA students placed in the top five of the state in their competitive events: Cheyenne Burnette, Middle School Medical Reading; Kayleigh Maxwell & Halle Flake, Middle School Career Health Display; Madeline Coupe, Middle School Health Career Exploration; Katie Harris, Clinical Specialty; Maddie Willis, Middle School Nutrition; Caitley Mott & Lance Roberts, Middle School Health Education; Ella Willis, Human Growth & Development; and Jacob Lumpkins, Biomedical Laboratory Science. Students who place first through third place in their competition are eligible to compete at the national level. Jacob Lumpkins placed first in his competition and Maddie Willis second in her competition. The 2019 National HOSA Conference will be held in Disney World in Orlando, Florida this June.
HOSA gave special thanks goes to the following parents for traveling and assisting with competition this year: Craig Harris, Heather Harris, Tanya Willis, Lisa Dixon, April Atkins, Lena McAlpin, Rachel Roberts, and Sarah Coupe. Tanya Willis and Lisa Dixon have also served on the MHS HOSA Advisory Committee for several years now and been active participants in HOSA competition for many years.