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Thank you for your participation in the 2022 Kansas HOSA Virtual Spring Leadership Conference. On this page, you will find all the information, links, and resources you will need to participate in the virtual conference.

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Welcome to the 2022 Virtual Spring Leadership Conference

Hello Kansas HOSA!

 

Your Kansas HOSA State Officer Team and I are so excited to see you at this year’s SLC. We extend a warm welcome to all members and competitors as we begin the conference. Although we are holding a virtual SLC this year due to COVID-19, we are nonetheless committed to providing you with a memorable experience these next few days. This page is here for you and your advisors to easily navigate the conference as well as spotlight some extraordinary members of your Kansas HOSA chapter. I hope this conference gives you all the tools for success, and I congratulate you all on your months of preparation and studying for your events. Thank you for your pivotal roles in Building Kansas HOSA. To those running for the 2022-2023 Officer Team, good luck! And as always, it is my pleasure to serve you as your Kansas HOSA State President. 

Joy Lee

Kansas HOSA President

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Welcome to the 2022 Virtual Spring Leadership Conference. While we worked to have the in-person conference we all want, it simply wasn't possible to achieve with the various restrictions in place from Pittsburg State University, The Univeristy of Kansas Medical Center and the State of Kansas. With that said, we are committed to giving your students the best experience possible. The team has been working hard to put together quality presentations for you and we are looking forward to electing our new slate of officers, recognize our chapter members of the year, and we can't foget our competitive events. Thank you for taking part in this year's Virtual Spring Leadership Conference and I look forward to hopefully seeing you in person soon. 

Seth Nutt

Kansas HOSA State Advisor

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Just because this year's conference is virtual, doesn't mean you'll miss out on the usual conference swag. Student's participating in this year's conference will still receive a conference t-shirt and pin.

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Kansas HOSA Headquarters

If at any time during the virtual conference, you find yourself in a jam, Seth Nutt and other volunteers will be available to answer any questions during the virtual conference. Kansas HOSA Headquarters will be open March 28-31, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Click the button below to visit the Kansas HOSA Headquarters. 

 

Conference agenda

There will be no live Opening Ceremony. Rather, the Kansas HOSA Officer team has pre-recorded this year's Opening Ceremony which can be viewed below. The recording will be available to view after 8 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022.

Below is the overall schedule for the 2022 Virtual Spring Leadership Conference. 

Monday, March 28, 2022

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - HOSA Head Quarters Open

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Competitive Events (see the competitive event schedule for report times)

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - HOSA Head Quarters Open

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Competitive Events (see the competitive event schedule for report times)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - HOSA Head Quarters Open

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Competitive Events (see the competitive event schedule for report times)

Thursday, March 31, 2022

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - HOSA Head Quarters Open

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Competitive Events (see the competitive event schedule for report times)

Friday, April 1, 2022

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Keynote Presentation and Awards Ceremony

 

Competitive event results

Results from the competitive events will be presented during a live awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on April 1, 2022 broadcast on Zoom. Click the button below to join the live awards ceremony.

 

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker

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Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., FAAFP

Family Physician

Fredonia, Kan.

Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., FAAFP, is a family physician in her hometown of Fredonia, Kansas, a community of approximately 2,500 people. She has owned and managed her practice alongside her father for the last 12 years. McKenney was named the 2021 Rural Health Practitioner of the Year by the National Rural Health Association.

She earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center and KU School of Medicine-Wichita and completed her residency at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency in Wichita. She serves as the Wilson County health officer as well as the Fredonia city health officer.  She is a member of the USD 484 school board and served as the president for two years. 

She is the Associate Dean of the Office of Rural Medical Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is the President of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians and serves on the board of directors for the Kansas Health Foundation and Kansas Medical Society.  She is a member of the Kansas Patients and Providers Engaged in Prevention Research (KPPEPR) board and is a member of the Kansas COVID Workgroup for Kids.  She was the co-chair of the Governor’s Safer Classrooms Workgroup and serves as the Chair of the Kansas Cancer Partnership.

Contributing to the rural health pipeline, Dr. McKenney created the Fredonia Medical Academy, a two-week program for high school students to gain valuable exposure to medicine.  She also helped establish the Fredonia Area Community Foundation and Cultivate Fredonia, a community-wide growth initiative, and she serves on the board of directors for both.   Previously, she served on the national Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Dr. McKenney provides outpatient, inpatient, emergency department, surgical, and endoscopic services to her community.  She is on the medical staff at Fredonia Regional Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital. She is heavily involved in practice-based quality improvement and value-based care transformation activities through the Aledade Kansas ACO. She is the Co-founder and President of The Remote Scribe Company and also the medical director of the Home Town Healthcare home health and hospice agency. 

She has made numerous recent appearances on national news and television programs covering COVID-19 and rural health, including CBS, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR.

National HOSA Speaker

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Hannah Eckstein

Central Region Vice President

HOSA-Future Health Professionals Executive Council 

Inspiration. Home. Family. These three words are how Hannah would describe what HOSA is for her. Eager to advocate and inspire, Hannah is beyond excited to serve HOSA-Future Health Professionals as the Central Region Vice President. A freshman at Pittsburg State University, Hannah is pursuing majors in Biology Pre-Med, Spanish, and Healthcare Innovations. Through her years in HOSA, she has founded a local chapter, served at the state level, and, most importantly, made lifelong connections with people from around the world. As a member of the Executive Council, Hannah hopes to continue HOSA’s tradition of fostering friendships through new, innovative avenues. She believes in always acting with passion, purpose, and excellence, and she hopes to bring this same philosophy with her as she serves on the Executive Council. Her principal priorities during her term are both growing membership in the Central Region and developing current members everywhere. When not working on HOSA, Hannah can be found coaching her local swim team, drinking an egregious amount of coffee, or studying at her local crêperie. Her cat’s name is Rosie, her favorite author is Neal Shusterman, and her favorite Taylor Swift albums are Reputation and Evermore, depending on the day. This year, Hannah is thrilled to work alongside outstanding leaders, meet talented members, and continue to serve the most exceptional student-led organization in the world – HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

 

2022-2023 Kansas HOSA Officer Candidates

Below are the 2022-2023 Kansas HOSA Officer candidates. For each candidate, you will find a photo, name, school, and a link to his/her candidate video. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Please refer to the email sent Seth Nutt for instructions on how to cast your chapter's vote. If you did not receive the email, please visit HOSA Headquarters.

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Chellby Cosby

Erie High School

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Darah Dean

Chanute High School

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Caden Dodson

Wichita West High School

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Nickole Duran

Wichita West High School

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Emma Eckstein

Frontenac High School

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Kassidy Fox

Southeast High School

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Jeanette Guernsey

Chanute High School

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Audrey Jacobs

Southeast High School

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Tryphena Kayode

Wichita West High School

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Tryphosa Kayode

Wichita West High School

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Korey Meier

Herrington High School

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Emmanuel Perez

Wichita West High School

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Ella Rhuems

Pittsburg High School

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Lauryn Turner

Winfield High School

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Luke Wicoff

Iola High School

 
 

HOSA Expo

Take a moment to browse the links below together as a chapter. Click each link to explore the information.

Be the Match

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Be the Match is the HOSA-Future Health Professionals national service project for 2021. Below you will find a recording of a presentation from the 2020 Kansas HOSA Fall Conference giving an overview of Be the Match.

 

In the first year of the Be The Match and HOSA-Future Health Professionals partnership, HOSA-Future Health Professionals were able to achieve:

  • $126,454 dollars raised

  • 167 new Be The Match Registry® members

  • 28 people added to the Under 18 Pre-Registry

  • 330 team pages

  • 1,936 individual participant pages

Barton County Community College

Barton County Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Great Bend, Kan. Barton County Community College offers traditional general education courses, fine and performing arts opportunities, a plethora of career and technical training offerings, GED courses, transfer options, online classes and an athletic program that boasts 57 national championships. On-campus housing is available for up to 330 students. Further, Barton is a leader in providing training to the military with service locations at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth

Virtual Career Fair and Student Day

Click the image to the right to visit Barton County Community College's virtual career fair.

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Fort Scott Community College - Nursing Program

The Fort Scott Community College Nursing Department offers students an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing for students who have completed prerequisite courses and four semesters of nursing courses. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to apply for state licensure as a registered nurse. Our program prepares students for beginning staff nursing positions and delivering nursing care to individuals and groups as members of a healthcare team to promote health and wellness.

Kansas Hospital Association (KHA)

The Kansas Hospital Association is a voluntary, non-profit organization existing to provide leadership and services to member hospitals. KHA is the lead organization in a group of companies and affiliates that provides a wide array of services to the hospitals of Kansas and the Midwest region.

With hundreds of occupations, the health care field is a world of possibilities that is growing and evolving every day. The Kansas Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems strive to assist individuals in finding a place in this exciting and challenging field.

Click here to learn more about health careers.

Kansas Health Care Workers in Demand

Health care professionals play a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of Kansans. “Health care professionals” is a broad term that encompasses the many individuals who deliver health care in today’s complex, patient care environment.

 

Kansas hospitals are busy places. The 122 community hospitals in Kansas provided care for more than:

  • 306,000 inpatient visits

  • 33,000 births

  • 8.3 million outpatient visits

  • 1 million emergency department visits

 

Kansas hospitals alone employ nearly 100,000 health care professionals. This does not include physician offices, clinics and the many other places health care professionals work. More than 240,000 Kansans, or nearly 12 percent of the state’s total workforce, work in health care. Throughout Kansas and the nation, hospitals and other health care providers are experiencing workforce shortages. These shortages cause considerable strain on the health care system, especially since an aging population is expected to need more health care services in the immediate future, and many of today’s health care professionals are nearing retirement age.

Click here to for more information about the most demanded health care careers in Kansas

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University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

The KU School of Pharmacy is a world-class research institution and one of the country’s premier pharmacy schools. We train the pharmacists who serve the people of Kansas and researchers who help solve the world’s most pressing medical problems.

Click here to learn more about the

KU School of Pharmacy.

If you're interested in the pharmacy profession, you can visit Pharmacists for Healthier Lives to learn more about the profession.

Students & parents can participate in virtual sessions throughout the semester. The schedule for these virtual sessions can be found at https://go2.ku.edu/portal/pharmacy.

Pharmacy For Me also provides a fun, interactive way to explore the pharmacy profession.

Below are some additional resources that may be helpful. (The following resources are .pdf documents).

KU PharmD Program (2020-2021)

KU Pre-Pharmacy Worksheet (2020-2021)

PharmacyForMe Roadmap

Why Pharmacy (AACP)

University of Kansas School of Health Professions

The School of Health Professions is comprised of eight academic units, combining to offer more than 25 programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in addition to several certificate programs. Accreditation applies at the program level; please visit the program's website for specific accreditation information including student outcomes, pass rates on exams, and admission requirements.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Click the links below to learn about the undergraduate programs available.

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Click the link below to learn more about the certificate programs available.

MASTERS & DOCTORATE PROGRAMS

Click the link below to learn more about the master's and doctorate programs available.

University of Kansas School of Medicine

The University of Kansas School of Medicine integrates excellent education, scientific discovery, outstanding clinical programs and dedication to community service. The only medical school in Kansas, KU is acknowledged as a leader in training primary care and rural physicians. In addition to its commitment to educating the physician workforce of tomorrow, the school is an emerging leader in biomedical research and the health of the public.

Take a virtual tour of each of the KU School of Medicine's three campuses.

Kansas City Campus Tour

Salina Campus Tour

Wichita Campus Tour

University of Kansas School of Nursing

The University of Kansas School of Nursing, with nationally ranked academic programs, prepares hundreds of students each year for successful nursing careers, as clinical nurses, advanced practice nurses, educators, leaders, administrators, scholars and researchers.

Students have access to faculty members who also practice and to accomplished nursing researchers. They learn in real-life simulations in the School's state-of- the-art simulation skills laboratory and alongside other future health professionals through the Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center

The KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center (KU AHEC) is an outreach office of the University of Kansas Medical Center. One of the goals of the KU AHEC is to promote healthcare careers in rural Kansas. The KU AHEC has developed many different programs to accomplish this goal.

 

Click the images below to learn about the KU AHEC's health care career promotion programs. 

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McPherson College

McPherson College's Health Science program offers majors in Health Science and Healthcare Management for students interested in areas of allied health such as behavioral health, public health, community health, and healthcare management. Students will have the opportunity to discover their career paths through various field placements.

McPherson College offers two different health care programs. Click the links below to learn about each program.

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Health Science

The Health Science major is ideal for students interested in pursuing health care careers in a variety of settings. The major offers four additional areas of emphasis for students interested in allied health: behavioral health, public health, community health, and healthcare management.

Healthcare Management

A major in Healthcare Management prepares students for a career in planning, directing, or coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Click here to learn more about McPherson College's Health Science Programs

Pittsburg State University

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At Pitt State the in-class experience is matched with out-of-class experience to get you ready for a career or further study of your choice. Pitt State's graduate programs rank among the best in the Midwest and the nation with award-winning technology and business programs.

Click here to learn more about Pittsburg State University's academic programs

Pittsburg State University School of Nursing

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. Our faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest. Students can select programs such as the BSN (Pre-licensure), RN to BSN, MSN (Education Emphasis), MSN to DNP, and the BSN to DNP.

Click on the links below to learn more about our nursing programs and the School of Nursing application process for each program.

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University of Kansas Health System

The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City is a world-class academic medical center and destination for complex care and diagnosis. We offer more options for patients with serious conditions because of our expertise and leadership in medical research and education. Our physicians are researchers and educators expanding the boundaries of medical knowledge. Their major breakthroughs lead to the life-changing treatments and technologies of the future.

Why be a nurse at KU Health System?

Why be a doctor at KU Health System?

KU Health System Nurse Academy 2021

The University of Kansas Health System Nurse Academy 2021 invites high school seniors and juniors who are interested in exploring the nursing profession to apply for participation in the 2-day event.

Click here to learn more about the KU Health System Nurse Academy 2021

Kansas State University College of Health and Human Sciences

At the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University, we focus first on people. From the innate need for clothing and shelter to physical exercise and proper nutrition to mental well-being, our students have dedicated their education to bettering the lives of people.

We inspire and prepare passionate and caring individuals for a meaningful life, and a career that promotes human well-being in the areas of business, design, teacher education, human behavior, and health sciences. Home to the departments of Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design and Fashion Studies; Kinesiology; Personal Financial Planning; and the K-State Center on Aging, our programs will provide students with hands-on experience and the skills needed to make an impact in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Reserach Excellence 

(K-INBRE)

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The purpose of the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) is to strengthen the biosciences in Kansas by building a network of faculty researchers, as well as undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows supported with cutting edge technology within a scientific research theme. The scientific research theme chosen for the K-INBRE is Cell and Developmental Biology. The program brings together NIH-

funded mentors and students through ten educational institutions in Kansas and Oklahoma to build the strength of Kansas in this critical life sciences research area. Participating institutions include: University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, Washburn University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Langston University in Oklahoma.

 

The overall goal of the Undergraduate Research program is to support of improved and expanded biomedical research experiences for undergraduates on K-INBRE campuses. Students are recruited on each campus for and assigned a mentor to work with. Opportunities include obtaining laboratory experience, participating in the Annual Symposium to present research findings, professional development for preparation for the workforce or graduate/medical school, and excellent mentorship. If you plan to attend one of these universities and major in biology, chemistry, engineering, physical therapy, premed, or any other major that would benefit from biomedical research experience, please feel free to contact Sarah E. Velasquez with questions at svelasquez@kumc.edu.

Click here to learn more about K-INBRE

KUMC Educational Experience (KEE)

The University of Kansas Medical Center Educational Experience (KEE) program provides research opportunities in medical center research facilities, as well as clinical observational experiences in The University of Kansas Health System facilities.

KEE Research Experience

The research opportunity offers an inside look at research activity in medical center laboratories, research areas or animal facilities. Participants have a choice on how to participate:

  1. They can observe only, which means no hands-on activity allowed. This role is identified as a Research Observational Learner.

  2. They can participate in research as an active learner, which means hands-on activity is authorized. This role is identified as a Research Active Learner.

These roles are not open to University of Kansas Medical Center employees or students. They are non-curricular, meaning they cannot be accomplished for academic credit unless an affiliation agreement is in place between the applicant's home institution and KU Medical Center. This activity is considered educational only and comes without monetary or material compensation. Research learner experiences can last up to four months (one semester or one summer) or a full academic year with vice chancellor approval.

KEE Clinical Observation Experience

The clinical observation experience provide applicants the opportunity to observe health care professionals from The University of Kansas Health System in a clinical setting.

This opportunity is available to University of Kansas Medical Center employees and students, as well as health system employees. Note health system employees do not need to go through the KEE application process but can instead coordinate with the sponsoring department directly. This role is observational only, which means no-hands on activity is allowed. Academic credit is not granted or earned. The experience is limited to 12 total hours. 

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University of Kansas Medical Center M.D.-Ph.D. Physician Scientist Training Program

The purpose of the M.D.-Ph.D. Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to prepare highly qualified and motivated post-baccalaureate students for careers as physician scientists in academic medicine and biomedical research. The program is conducted under the auspices of the dean of graduate studies and research and the executive dean of the school of medicine, with assistance from their M.D.-Ph.D. advisory committee. On average, students spend about 7-8 years in the program, the variable period usually depends on the time needed to complete their research and dissertation.

Click here to learn more about the M.D.-Ph.D. Physician Scientist Training Program

Immunize Kansas Coalition

The Immunize Kansas Coalition (IKC) is a group of more than 40 members with diverse perspectives - healthcare providers, health departments, researchers, healthcare payers, advocacy groups, nonprofits, and more - working together to improve vaccination rates and protect Kansans from vaccine-preventable diseases.

In your preteen and teen years, you're learning how to make decisions for yourself and for your health. Decisions you make now can have lasting impacts!

Learn the facts about vaccines. Talk with your parents and doctor about getting the vaccines you need to stay healthy now and throughout your life.

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Pittsburg State University Army ROTC

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum taken along with required college classes. It gives students the tools, training, and experiences to succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay college tuition. Students will have a normal college experience like everyone else on campus, but when students graduate, they will commission as an officer in the Army. At that point, students have a wide range of ARMY careers to specialize in called branches.

ROTC Nursing Program

If you're considering an undergraduate nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership and critical thinking skills while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality. Being a nurse in the Army provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world. As an Army nurse and officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties. ROTC has 4 guaranteed nursing slots available each year.

Learn more about the ROTC Nursing Program on ArmyROTC.com

Chapter Member of the Year

Congratulations to this year's Chapter Members of the Year. These sutends have been nominated by their chapter for their outstanding service to their chapter throughout the year. 

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Hannah Anderson - Iola High School

Hannah is our first-ever state officer. She has been very active in HOSA during high school and has really stepped up the last two years to help her new HOSA advisor learn the ropes. Hannah has worked concession stands to fundraise, helped with blood drives, worked as our HOSA social media chair, and been willing to help other members with whatever HOSA related questions that they have had. Hannah has contributed to the growth of HOSA at Iola High School, and she will be truly missed next year when she is at college.

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Gracie DaVolt - Columbus High School

Gracie DaVolt has been an active part of this organization for the last three years. This year she is the President of our Chapter in Columbus. These last two years have been a trying time in Kansas. The new norm because of Covid hitting the schools is that schools are going to online classes. Through this new norm, it is the activity of a few staff and students that keep organizations going through this chaos. Gracie is that student for HOSA. She has gone above and beyond getting students to go out for this organization even though most are burned out and just want to take the easy road. Gracie went out and recruited kids into this club. She also helped to keep the meetings going and any fundraising we were doing. Mind you this is before we had our first-ever elections. To this point, it had been all of the students working together with the sponsor. I can tell you that it is her actions that kept this HOSA chapter going. It was so obvious to the other student that no one even wanted to run against her for President. As the president, she is keeping up lines of communication with members even though it is hard to get them all together for a meeting. If a student misses a meeting, she makes sure they get the information they need. Without her, we would not be where we are today.

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Jasmine Figueroa - Great Bent High School

Jasmine has been dedicated since day one to starting a HOSA chapter. We recognized Jasmine as an All-Star member last semester for her attendance at meetings as well as participating in events. Even as a freshman she has not been shy to step up and lead activities. As part of a take-down vaping campaign in our community, she helped HOSA lead it at our High School. I also know that I
can depend on her to go above and beyond outside of the committed school hours. She has created and hung up posters for campaigns. She made presentations for our student body. And also spent time visiting with several health professionals in our community to help us build up our professional partnership. This year, we decided to let our members vote for their Chapter Member of the Year, and I was very pleased they had selected her. I have been able to turn to and rely on Jasmine to help me with so much this school year. She has so much drive and passion, and we are going to be blessed to have her for the next three years in HOSA. She was the only one of our Spring Leadership Conference participants, that showed initiative and collected study materials, and explored options early. But she is also humble, respectful, and has a heart of gold. I am very proud of Jasmine Figueroa, and I am blessed to have her in HOSA and in my biomedical classes.

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Anna Lin - Derby High School

Anna has been an active member of HOSA for her entire high school career. She represents our school and chapter with grace and intelligence. Anna is a quiet person but she is also a leader. Students look up to her and want to be like her. She has competed in individual and team events and has always performed well. Last year she and her team qualified for the ILC in community awareness with a project on the importance of the COVID vaccine. Anna is a leader in HOSA and in the classroom and we are grateful to have her as a member.

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Rahul Madhavan - Wichita Collegiate High School

As a freshman, Rahul was part of a pair of boys who initiated the idea of having a HOSA chapter at Wichita Collegiate. Being able to lead our HOSA chapter at WCS has given Rahul a chance to emerge and grow as a leader. Driven by the notion of the number of students wanting to pursue medicine after high school, Rahul believed that HOSA would serve as a bridge to explore various medical fields. For a good idea to be a success, there has to be implementation. Rahul has encouraged people to join HOSA throughout the year; what was initially a small group of people has grown to roughly twenty members. As a member of HOSA, Rahul has developed leadership and organization skills, as he leads meetings and performs organizational tasks to maintain the group. He has made a concerted effort to check in on all of the members present in a meeting and inquire about their progress with studying and whether they need any resources. Being receptive to the needs of others is something that Rahul has improved at by leading our HOSA chapter. As one of our founding members, it was a no-brainer to consider Rahul deserving of this accolade.

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Abigale Merida - Northeast High School

Abigale is deserving of the HOSA Chapter Member of the Year because of the
commitment she shows towards our chapter. The integrity and character she demonstrates
as a student, make her the ideal choice for this award as well. She participates very well
and stays on task through the entirety of a class period and she has shown this same
conscientiousness and diligence in all of her preparations for competitions and volunteer
activities. In preparation, for the Spring competition last year, she met with me at least
three times a week and practiced daily on her interviewing skills. Abigale volunteers for all
fundraisers. She shows up on time and is always excited to be there. She also has
compassion for both peers and teachers and has shown empathy in several interactions
with other people while she does this volunteer work. She is always willing to help with
some of the tasks that other students do not want to do. When she volunteers she never
has to be reminded to be off her phone, always smiles, and is happy for the entirety of the
event. When situations arise she offers to assist in any way. She makes friends easily and
is polite and respectful. Abigale shows outstanding leadership capabilities and is a
pleasure to work around and with at all times.

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Sabrena Munoz - Chanute High School

Sabrena has always been willing to work behind the scenes to make our chapter stronger and more organized through her commitment to HOSA. 


Sabrena has played a crucial role in the continued exposure of our HOSA organization to the community. She has brought several medical professionals to speak at the high school, helping to expose fellow classmates to various careers. She organized a Covid vaccination clinic, and also assisted with several other covid clinics in Chanute. Chanute High School hosts two Red Cross blood drives a year and Sabrena aids in working, organizing, and promoting the drive to aid in its success. Sabrena also organized our Science Day at the local elementary school this past summer. Our HOSA chapter provided and assisted with science labs during summer school as part of the enrichment program. 
 

This year HOSA is partnering with the Be the Match Foundation. Sabrena was instrumental in our local chapter being a part of this drive. Not only did Sabrena become a registered donor herself, but she also jump-started our chapter in creating a Walk-A-Thon to raise money for this organization. Our chapter was able to raise $400 this year. 
 

Sabrena not only has been a critical part of our chapter, she is also a current State Officer. Sabrena has been a collaborative member of the officer team and has helped create and organize many of the virtual conferences experienced by all HOSA members. 
 

During Citizenship Day, Sabrena also was able to represent HOSA during her speech to the State Board Of Education, State Board of Regents, and other State CTSOs and Advisors. She was tasked with explaining what HOSA is all about and why it is so important for all schools to be involved. 
Sabrena Munoz has been an outstanding member of the Chanute HOSA chapter and we would like to thank her for all of her dedication, passion, and resilient character as the Chanute HOSA Member of the Year. 

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Amy Neill - Basehor Linwood High School

This year is our first year having a  Hosa chapter and it has been a year of learning and perseverance.  Amy has been at the forefront of everything we have done in our chapter this year. She promotes our HOSA  chapter throughout the school and community, shows true leadership and passion for the organization, and encourages others by sharing HOSA’s mission of building the next generation of future health professionals. Amy is our Treasurer, however, she fills the roles of many when needed. Amy often runs our Hosa meetings and improves on her public speaking each time. Amy makes herself available to volunteer her time in our fundraisers and learning opportunities. Amy is working towards becoming an anesthesiologist. She has a determined mindset and attitude that expects the best of herself and those around her. Her communication is top-notch and I can always count on her as a leader. She is the best representative of Hosa that a first-year advisor could ask for.

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Caitlyn Neufeldt - Wamego High School

As a student at Wamego High, Caitlyn has gained work-based skills, through working with students and families in the classroom in addition to the community. Caitlyn’s life goal is to become a Genetic Counselor. In preparation for her post-secondary studies, Caitlyn follows a rigorous and relevant academic schedule of high school and college courses. Through her internship experiences, Caitlyn has connected with the staff at Children’s Mercy to learn about careers in Genomic research and counseling. Last semester Caitlyn participated in a case study project to identify abnormalities of DNA
structures of patients within Children Mercy hospital’s care. Children and their families agreed to participate in this project to benefit future scientists to gain an inside view of this new and advancing medical career field. This semester Caitlyn has been connecting with the 4th graders at West Elementary providing them with career information and exploration of STEM experiences in the classroom. Caitlyn has displayed exceptional work ethic practices as she balances two jobs, taking college classes, and maintaining a 3.83 grade point average. Caitlyn has shown to be both a dependable and supportive member of the classroom. Caitlyn displays the ability to listen, comprehend, problem solve, and lead others in project-based assignments. Her outgoing personality and professional abilities have helped her to guide and groom the chapter members of HOSA and inspire young scientists in our schools for the future. Her dedication to science reflects the Chapter Member of the Year Award.

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Maya Serrano - Basehor Linwood High School

This year is our first year having a Hosa chapter and it has been a year of learning and perseverance. Maya has been at the forefront of everything we have done in our chapter this year. Maya promotes our HOSA chapter throughout the school and community, she shows true leadership and passion for the organization and encourages others by sharing HOSA’s mission of building the next generation of future health professionals. Maya is our secretary and marketing officer. She created and runs our Hosa Instagram page. Maya is always willing to create any marketing material we need for our numerous fundraisers and activities and was responsible for planning and organizing our chapter's involvement in the community Trunk O treat. Maya makes herself available to volunteer her time in all of our fundraisers and learning opportunities. Maya is planning to become a pharmacist and through our chapters' competition preparation, Maya and I went to visit a local pharmacy to see if we could get some resources for Maya to use for her competition prep. Maya made such a great impression at this first meeting that the owner/pharmacist emailed her a few weeks later and asked her to come in for an interview. Maya earned the position and is loving her time in her new job and learning about her future career as a pharmacist. She always has the best attitude, a smile on her face, and is the best representative of Hosa that a first-year advisor could ask for.

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Alex Troth - Frontenac High School

Alex works tirelessly to promote membership in our chapter. We are the 4th largest HOSA chapter in the state while only housing 280 students in our building. We have 47 members. Alex coordinates an entire Club Fair for our high school as our Student Council president. For the HOSA booth alone, he utilizes social media, posters, flyers, and freebies to generate excitement in regards to our club. His efforts have resulted in excellent member retention and new member sign-ups. He schedules meetings, sends out notifications, creates agendas, submits them for approval, conducts all meetings, organizes all fundraisers, and coordinates all member involvement. Alex is incredibly driven and HOSA is a passion. Alex is our chapter president. This is his third year as an officer. He is constantly working on something HOSA-related. His work far exceeds the norm when compared to other club officers throughout various clubs within our high school. Alex is currently serving as a HOSA State Board Member. He has served on the board for the past two years. He has worked alongside Seth Nutt and other HOSA state officers in advancing HOSA throughout Kansas. Alex and the other state officers literally planned the Fall Leadership Conference along with Seth Nutt. Alex is an outstanding example of what a HOSA leader should look like. He exhibits all the qualities that an advisor would hope for in a HOSA representative.

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Tristen Wells - Southeast High School

Tristen Wells has been an outstanding member of our HOSA chapter for the past three years. He is our current President for our Southeast chapter. Tristen joined when he was a sophomore and was convinced by another classmate that the organization would be good for him and would open new opportunities. He has said countless times that that couldn’t be truer. Through his time with HOSA, he has discovered a desire to work in the medical field and plans on getting a degree in Marine Biology and Bio-Chemistry with an emphasis is in developing new medicines for aquatic animals. He has been a great leader in our organization and has set an example of how to fulfill the position properly. I know our chapter would be different without his presence.

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Busra Yildirim - Wichita East High School

Busra has been a member of the East High chapter of HOSA for three years (since she was a sophomore). For two years, she has been an officer. In the 2020-21 school year, she was our secretary and worked with other officers to keep members engaged in our chapter during a very interesting year (to say the least). Busra ran for president of the chapter last year and won the election. Despite this year also being a difficult one for students, she has worked tirelessly with her fellow officers to provide engaging educational programs, including guest speakers, and spear-heading fundraising to help students find the money for this year's spring conference. She has been a great example of resilience and leadership for our organization this year and I'm very proud of what she has been able to accomplish.

 

SENIOR OFFICER SEND-OFF

On behalf of the Kansas HOSA membership, we'd like to recognize our senior Kansas HOSA officers. Kansas HOSA would not be where it is today if it weren't for their work and dedication. We are grateful for their time and service to the organization. The last year has undoubtedly been a challenge and we have a tremendous amount of appreciation for our seniors. Thank you and good luck in your future endeavors.

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Joy Lee 

Kansas HOSA President

Pittsburg High School

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Alex Troth

Kansas HOSA Representative

Frontenac High School

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Hannah Anderson

Kansas HOSA Vice President

Iola High School

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Sabrena Munoz

Kansas HOSA Representative

Chanute High School

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Bilhah Bengi

Kansas HOSA Representitive

Wichita North High School

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Paige White

Kansas HOSA Representative

Olathe Northwest High School

 

Alumni Membership

Just because your graduate, doesn't mean your connection to HOSA has to end. HOSA offers membership to its Alumni Division so you can keep your HOSA journey moving long after graduation.

Graduating seniors are eligible to Joint HOSA's Alumni Division. Seniors in the Class of 2019 who are HOSA members are eligible to sign up for FREE lifetime membership in HOSA's prestigious Alumni Division.

8 Reasons to Join HOSA's Alumni Division

  • Develop Professional Connections: Connect with other like-minded former HOSA members at local events and through social media.

  • Career Bank: Gain access to HOSA’s Career Center and partner’s Job Banks. Search through thousands of quality job openings across the country.

  • Internships: View health-related internship opportunities from universities, corporations, and governmental agencies.

  • Benefits Program: Receive discounts on test preparations for the MCAT and discounts on Rental Cars through HOSA’s partnership with Hertz. Watch for additional benefits.

  • Become a Mentor: Stay connected with your local chapter and state association and become a role model for future health professionals.

  • Stay Connected with HOSA: Receive updates and news on what is happening with HOSA-Future Health Professionals in your state and throughout the network.

  • Receive HOSA’s e-Magazine: Read articles from local chapters and other alumni members in their journey.

  • Opportunities to Judge and present Workshops: Volunteer your time to judge or present a topic at local, state, and international conferences.

 
 

Event sponsors

Kansas HOSA is grateful to the following sponsors for helping make the 2021 Kansas HOSA Virtual Spring Leadership Conference possible.

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