New Prairie HOSA has success at International Competition

New Prairie HOSA has success at International Competition
By: New Prairie High School Last Updated: August 6, 2019

NPUSC HOSA (Future Health Professionals) has had a tremendous summer: Competition, fun, and volunteering- it's what we do!

Competition:
HOSA International Leadership Conference (Orlando, FL)
30 members of our team competed against 11,000 other students from around the world. Many of our team members advanced to the final round of their event. The following students finished in the Top 10/ Top Finalists and found themselves on stage in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Jaiden Winters & Avery Mougin- Health Career Display- 1st Middle School division
Ava Allen: Healthy Lifestyles- 3rd Middle School division
Petra Hemphill: Current Health Issues- Top Finalist in Secondary & Post Secondary division
Allison Hein: Human Heredity- 7th in Secondary & Post Secondary division
Taylor Ostroski: Healthy Lifestyles- 4th Middle School division

Mrs. Aerts, Mrs. Schroeder, and Kaley S. presented 2 symposiums, filling up the room at each session. HOSA invited the group to speak about our experience with undetected heart conditions and what our HOSA team is doing to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, heart screenings, and AED awareness.

Fun:
Five team members and Mrs. Aerts ventured out before sunrise to run a 5K with the US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams (an IU School of Medicine grad!) to raise awareness of addiction, mental health & obesity. It was early and hot, but what a great opportunity to spend time together for a great cause.

Volunteering:
Following HOSA ILC, students & parents volunteered to assist Mrs. Schroeder with the Play for Jake Golf Outing. This is an important event that focuses on raising funds to provide heart screenings to the youth throughout our community. On this hot day, HOSA team members and parents served in the Caddie Shack and hustled to assist golfers with their clubs before their scheduled tee time.

We couldn't do all of this without the support of our families and community. Thank you NPUSC HOSA families and school administration/staff for your support of our efforts to raise these future health professions into young adults that will make a positive difference in our world. Hugh shout out for the parent volunteers who served as chaperones. Thank you to NPUSC Transportation for always getting us where we need to go safely. It takes a village.

We are so grateful to the following groups for their continued support: NPUSC, Culver's of LaPorte, NW Indiana Area Health Education Center, Anonymous Donor, Kate O'Connors Irish Pub, Rolling Prairie PTO, New Prairie Education Foundation, Unity Foundation- Dr. Kora Family Fund, Olive PTO. Thank you!

Please continue to follow us on our facebook page New Prairie HOSA- we have big plans for the 2019-2020 school year!