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Oklahoma HOSA students bring home wins from International Leadership Conference

Wednesday, July 05, 2023

Oklahoma HOSA members took more than 250 members to the HOSA International Leadership Conference and brought home 31 medals and more than 70 top 10 finishes.

Oklahoma HOSA members received 12 gold medals, eight silver medals and 11 bronze medals and had 72 students place in the top 10 in 44 competitive events, including 16 first place finishers.

The Oklahoma chapters were also recognized for membership increase.

Several Oklahoma HOSA chapters were recognized for community service efforts: gold, silver and bronze levels for the Barbara James Community Service Award; silver level awards for America’s Blood Center; and HOSA service project awards for raising $14,518.10 for Be the Match, which connects blood marrow donors with patients who need transplants.

An Oklahoma adviser and six postsecondary students received the HOSA Hero Award for their actions during the 2022 HOSA ILC. At that conference, the students and adviser provided lifesaving first aid to two people who had been attacked.

Lisa Dyer, emergency medical services director at Kiamichi Technology Centers in Poteau, and the students, Ashley Newman, Dee McQuate, Dalton Mahoney, Katey Lawson, Ethan Flynt and Aaron Lindsey, were recognized on stage for their actions.

In addition Oklahoma HOSA advisers helped facilitate three student competition events: public health, emergency medical technician and CPR/first aid. Gina Riggs, who retired from Kiamichi Technology Centers, served as a competitive events lieutenant, and Dana Chandler of Tulsa Technology Center served as a competitive events chair.

“These competitions could not have taken place without their time and efforts to manage skills, judges, patients and timekeepers. We are thankful for their service and dedication to students!” said Amy Warner, HOSA state adviser with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

All of the Oklahoma state officers served as voting delegates or ran as candidates for the new HOSA executive council. Warner served on the HOSA Inc. National Board, representing the 16 states in the central region.

HOSA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. It is affiliated with health careers education. The other six are Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (family and consumer sciences education), FFA (agricultural education), DECA (marketing education), SkillsUSA (trade and industrial education), Business Professionals of America (business and information technology education) and Technology Student Association (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).


Oklahoma CareerTech: Education that works for you

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 60 campuses, 391 PK-12 school districts, 17 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 32 adult education and family literacy providers.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Last Modified on Jul 05, 2023
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