On February 21st-22nd, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), had their 2019 state leadership conference (SLC).
SLC is about competing in health science events and running for a state position to be a state officer. Not just that, but you get to meet the most amazing people ever.
Ever since I joined HOSA in 9th grade, I was really unsure about this organization. I remember paying the fee to join and attending meetings. Still, I did not really know exactly what HOSA was until Mrs. Sondra Luker would explain it during foundations of health science. I have now seen this organization grow throughout the years.
So, when I attended Joint Leadership Development Conference (JLDC) in Birmingham, Alabama, in December of 2018, I had the opportunity to be exposed to Alabama’s career opportunities. In addition, organizations like FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, and ROTC, did a presentation with their state leaders. When I saw HOSA’S state officers, I quickly imagined myself being on stage to show pride for this organization. I was like, “I really want to run for office in February, and if I do not win, it is ok.” When I came back from the trip, I told Mrs. Luker my intentions, and she helped me out.
Leading towards February, I felt nervous but excited. I could imagine myself doing good things if I was elected. I knew I would meet amazing people, come up with brilliant ideas to be a leader, and grow as a family. Fast forward to when all the candidates met, it was such an amazing moment. We all had like an instant bonding connection, and at that moment, I really did not care about winning. I realized that these people were like my HOSA family. Even before going to the auditorium to rehearse, I had already talked to so many people from Alabama.
When I met the other candidates, I could see the same passion we all had for HOSA. If I could go back to the moments we shared, I WOULD TOTALLY DO IT WITHOUT A HESITATION! I am on countdown to see my HOSA family again soon. I did not win, but I know the people who won will do a terrific job.
To be honest, I am very happy I did not win an officer position, because I know that I need to make my HOSA chapter stronger and better. Before I graduate next year in 2020, I want to improve HOSA, and I hope I get to be HOSA’S 2019-2020 chapter president. I know Jon Ross, Emmali, Lasonya, and William will help me achieve this goal. There is so much I can write about, like when we were all sitting next to each other, when we had lunch together, and when we were saying our speeches. Emmali and I sat next to each other, and we prayed before walking on stage. That is what you call a true friendship. Throughout the year and every day, I have talked to some of the people I met that day, and we have made lifetime friendships.
I will now share some of the pictures from that day we took as a group. I want to give a huge shout out to Tony Cavo. Tony was HOSA’s Alabama’s 2018-2019 Vice President of Membership. This guy is full of success. keeping me on track and leading me to run for state office.
This is Mr. Tony Cavo. Pleasure to know this guy!
From left to right, Angel Nichols, Jon Ross Folmar, Heriberto Leal, and Emmali Osterhoudt.
From left to right, Cameron Burks, Emilee Roberts, Heriberto Leal, Jon Ross Folmar, and Demitri Strudivant.
Jon Ross Folmar once again, Ruby Balderrama, and Heriberto Leal again.
Top left to right, Emmali Osterhoudt, William Spanier, Jon Ross Folmar (again), Adrienna Jones, and Emilee Roberts, the other person is myself again.
Thank you HOSA for allowing me to meet these amazing people. Thank you HOSA for allowing me to meet my lost brother, Camron Burks. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to choose a career in the medical field. When I am a surgeon, I will be even more grateful. I cannot wait to see these people again. Let me give a big thank you to Mrs. Sondra Luker, and Mr. Coach Sean Ahonen, for making this trip happen and for being amazing health science/HOSA advisors.