Kamiah High School HOSA Chapter - International Competition
Organized by: Terry Law
SIX KAMIAH, IDAHO STUDENTS QUALIFY TO ATTEND THE HOSA INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP COMPETITION. Six Kamiah High School students gave up their spring vacation to attend this years HOSA State Leadership Conference/Competition. HOSA is an international organization that allows high school students to explore careers in health care. The conference was April 6 to April 8 in Boise. Over 800 students and 30 schools from throughout the state of Idaho attended the conference and competed in scholastic events. The conference is a stressful three days of competition, workshops, and seminars that all ends with an awards ceremony. Winning Silver and Bronze Medals, all six young ladies qualified to compete in the 39th Annual International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN June 22-25, 2016. This is an amazing opportunity for these young ladies and everyone is excited about the trip. The difficult part of this wonderful experience is paying for the trip in a two month time frame. The Kamiah School District is in a small impoverished rural town. Fundraising for these students creates the issue of who do we turn to in order to raise the funds necessary to go. For the next two months they have a fundraiser every weekend, and in many cases they have two on one day. All six students are motivated, talented, intelligent, and hardworking individuals that could use your support. As their HOSA Chapter Advisor, I have watched our students explore the possibility of careers as healthcare providers. When they start out in HOSA, a career in healthcare is a dream, but they really don't believe that they will have the resources to make it happen. As members of this wonderful organization, they are given the encouragement, the tools, and the self confidence to believe that they can go to college and they can realize their dreams. I can not begin to tell you how amazing HOSA is for a student with limited resources. Going to Nashville, TN for the International Leadership Conference and to compete against students from all over the country is something that last year seemed out of my students reach. They committed time and hard work to get as far as they have gotten. Helping these six students will allow them to have an experience of a life time and who knows someday you just might have one of them save one of your family members life.