What is HOSA? Discover our award winning team of future healthcare providers at Houston High

“Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jeffery Collins, won 3rd place in Forensic Medicine 1

It’s fitting that Houston High offers coursework and after school activities to help prepare students to enter this expansive field that includes surgeons to home health aides (for an interesting look at all the field offers, click here for a list). http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

Maggie Kelly, won 2nd place in Parliamentary Procedure

Danita Mullings, the HOSA (Health Occupation Student Association) teacher and sponsor, is returning home from the annual regional competition. Students compete in events ranging from “Biomedical Debate” to “Knowledge of Pathophysiology”. Houston High made quite a showing, bringing home over 40 wins. Next, these regional winners will compete at the State competition later this year.

Sophomore Juli Anna Stanford was a first time participant and a first place winner in last month's regional competition. She decided to compete in a division called Research Persuasive Speech. The challenge required her to begin the research over Christmas. Students in her division were given two prompts to chose from. Stanford went with, Do adolescents have the right to autonomous medical decisions?   Inspired she shared, by a recent mission trip to Mexico with her church, it was a topic of interest. "I spent the last two months reading research on the teenage brain," she quipped during a recent interview. For a speech that would only last four minutes, Stanford spent much time preparing, but also, "paid attention to the balance of professionalism, having the spirit of competitiveness and just being myself". Thanks to skills that she learned from another HHS club (DECA), Stanford believes that she won because of the perfect balance. The judges recognized the hard work and the balance too, because she was awarded first place for the region.

Stanford and the rest of the HOSA participants were treated to a day of eye opening tours and Health Science program information at the University of Memphis during the competition. "My favorite part of the day was certainly the tour of the nursing school," she said.  Stanford is hopeful to go into pediatrics or obstetrics as a missionary in the future.  Like so many other students that find the HOSA courses to be top-notch, she tells us, "I shadowed a doctor over the summer and I was amazed at some of the things I had already learned from my health science classes".

Stanford was not the only big winner at the competition last month--see below for a full listing of winners.

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