BY EMMA CHANG
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competed at the California HOSA State Leadership Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center from Apr. 5 to 8.
During the competition, members competed in different presentation and biomedical research events and attended leadership workshops to network and explore the healthcare industry. The club received the HOSA 100 award, an award given to top 100 chapters who have improved the most in club membership and dedication.
Co-President sophomore Victor Ye placed second in Job-Seeking Skills and believes that the event revealed the club’s inexperience in the competitive aspect of the organization.
“[Although] this conference offered members a new perspective, as healthcare professionals, we experienced several disadvantages,” Ye said. “Being a first year club, we were not [accustomed to] the [strategic] approach we needed to take at SLC.”
According to Co-President sophomore Sara Ketabi, the team struggled with time constraints.
“The [unexpected] difficulties with last-minute event coordination and participation technicalities pushed all of us to our [limits] and definitely [stacked] the odds against us as first-timers,” Ketabi said.
Despite initial complications, junior Crystal Saleh sees the conference as a valuable learning experience.
“I created my presentation the week before [SLC], because I did not know how competitive HOSA is,” Saleh said. “[However,] experiencing the competition and [seeing] HOSA’s efforts motivated me to do my best.”
HOSA will compete at the International Leadership Conference in Texas from June 27 to 30.