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Student organization
By Jenessa Albertson and Selena Barajas


December 13, 2010
Monday PM

HOSA, Health Occupation Students of America, is a student organization which is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE, whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality healt care to all people. Through HOSA, students learn how to care for patients in multiple settings.

Students across the Nation take part with HOSA and then go to compete with other chapters within their state anually. The top competitors of each event move on to the National HOSA Competion. Some of the competitive events include medical termonology, CPR/first aid, extemporaneous speaking, and nursing assisting.

The Ketchikan HOSA Chapter has six individuals place in their events at the state competition in Anchorage. The six then continued on to Nationals in Orlando, Florida but did not place. This year, the Ketchikan HOSA Chapter has a goal of trying to get at least six people to place at state, if not more.

We hope, in being a members of HOSA, we will gain the experience and knowledge of what it takes to have an occupation in health care. HOSA is a great way to get students out into the community and get a hands on experience. Taking part in the HOSA program, we are getting a step ahead. We are learning many things that many people don't learn until they go to college. Overall, HOSA is a way to learn about what the medical field is about and what it takes succeed in it.

Jenessa Albertson and Selena Barajas
Ketchikan, AK

About: We, Jenessa Albertson and Selena Barajas are currently students at Ketchikan High School; Jenessa is a junior and Selena is a senior. We both are a part of Ketchikan's HOSA Chapter, who is presenting at the next (12/15/2010) KGBSD meeting. Since we are both going to be out of town, we decided to write a letter about HOSA to tell the public about it.

Received December 13, 2010 - Published December 13, 2010


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