A group of twenty-seven members of the McKinney ISD Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization earned the Outstanding Participation Award at HOSA’s Area 5 Fall Leadership Conference held in early October. They were the only group to receive recognition at the event.
McKinney students joined members from other districts in games, activities and interactive lectures promoting a variety of learning values at the conference. One station featured a speaker and activities that encouraged effective methods of communication and demonstrated scenarios in which skillful communication is vital. Another station offered a series of games promoting teamwork skills to accomplish a common goal. At a third station, an interactive lecture guided students in using different speaking techniques to communicate clearly to a crowd. Jacki Apligian, faculty advisor of the Mckinney ISD HOSA chapter, says that her students engaged enthusiastically in each leadership learning opportunity and exhibited great professionalism. For their commitment to excellence, the McKinney students earned the Outstanding Participation Award at the conference.
HOSA, according to its website, is a national student organization purposed to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of health care to all people. This mission plays out in local chapters through Health Science Technology Education (HTSE) programs at the secondary and collegiate levels. The McKinney HOSA program, from its home campus at McKinney North High School, draws from all three district high schools and boasts more than 120 members. “HOSA not only provides much of the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the medical field,” Apligian says, “it also allows for students to grow individually and understand what they want out of life by offering incredibly humbling and inspiring opportunities.”
Some of those growth opportunities include programs for Certified Nursing Aide, Pharmacy Technician and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. HOSA students also hone their academic skills through competitive events with other schools in categories ranging from public service announcements to medical math. And, growth extends beyond the classroom as HOSA students get involved in the community. The McKinney chapter helps feed families in need at Thanksgiving, collects toy donations for children hospitalized during the holiday season and raises money for healthcare-related charities.
Apligian is pleased to be part of a student organization that showcases students from all of the McKinney ISD high schools. “We are proud to represent so many bright, active and talented minds.”
The following McKinney HOSA students earned the Outstanding Participation Award at the Fall Leadership Conference:
McKinney High School