On March 25-28, 2015 at the Sheraton Four Seasons and Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, approximately 2700 HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) students from across the state competed in several categories. Jacob Hardee, a sophomore at N-CHS, won first place in the event called Healthy Lifestyles. Approximately 30 students competed in this category in which he tested on the subject in Round 1 and, in Round 2, he presented a portfolio of his healthy living over the course of 3 months. With this placing, Jacob now advances to the National HOSA conference which will be held in Anaheim, CA in June. The top 3 candidates in each category were chosen to advance to the National Competition.
The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical skill competencies using a program of motivation, awareness and recognition. This program is an integral part of the Health Science instructional program at the high school.
HOSA’s mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development for health science students, as well as helping students meet the needs of the health care community.
HOSA has a multitude of goals that are believed to be vital to each member. For example, a few of the goals include:
- Developing effective leadership qualities and skills, and character
- Developing the ability to communicate more effectively
- Building self-confidence and pride in one’s work
- Making realistic career choices and seeking successful employment in health care fields, as well as promoting career opportunities in health care
- Developing an understanding of current health care issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, nation, and world
- Supporting Health Science Education instructional objectives
Newton-Conover High School wishes Jacob Hardee the best of luck in the HOSA National Competition in June!