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HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the Health Science Education-HOSA Partnership.  HOSA promotes and is involved in numerous school and community activities that promote health.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. HOSA is 100% health care!

HOSA is not a club to which a few students in school join. Rather, HOSA is a powerful instructional tool that works best when it is integrated into the HSE  and health science related curriculum and classroom. HSE instructors are committed to the development of the total person. Those who join the HSE-HOSA Partnership recognize the importance of providing students with training far beyond the basic technical skills needed for entry into the health care field. The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team.

HOSA's mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry. It is essential that the HSE-HOSA Partnership maintain its momentum and encourage all HSE instructors to integrate HOSA into their curriculum and classrooms.


The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.  


The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.


The goals that HOSA believes are vital to each member are:

  • To promote physical, mental and social well being.
  • To develop effective leadership qualities and skills.
  • To develop the ability to communicate more effectively with people.
  • To develop character.
  • To develop responsible citizenship traits.
  • To understand the importance of pleasing oneself as well as being of service to others.
  • To build self-confidence and pride in one's work.
  • To make realistic career choices and seek successful employment in the health care field.
  • To develop an understanding of the importance in interacting and cooperating with other students and organizations.
  • To encourage individual and group achievement.
  • To develop an understanding of current health care issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, the nation and the world.
  • To encourage involvement in local, state and national health care and education projects.
  • To support Health Science Education instructional objectives.
  • To promote career opportunities in health care.
2nd Annual Valentines Day Party at Forest Ridge
Ashe County High School's Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club held a Valentine's Day party for residents at Forest Ridge Assisted Living on Thursday, Feb. 18.

According to student Anna Corley, she and fellow HOSA members took time to "hang out" with the elderly residents of Forest Ridge, serving them snacks and giving them hand-made Valentine's Day cards. The cards were personalized for each resident, taking several hours of work altogether.

The Valentine's Day party was originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, but was cancelled and rescheduled four times due to severe winter weather.

While ACHS Health Science Instructor Olivia Jenkins oversaw the organization of the party, HOSA students took it upon themselves to prepare everything else, using their own time and resources.

"Their compassion for others is really amazing," Jenkins said. "They made each resident their own personalized Valentine's Day cards, got them food, and took the time to come here. That's really impressive."

According to Jenkins, this marked the second year HOSA students have thrown a Valentine's Day party at Forest Ridge, and both years' parties were big hits with residents.

The students didn't have to do it all by themselves however; Medi Home Health & Hospice also acted as sponsors for the event, providing additional food and decorations.

"It's impressive what they (HOSA students) do," said Rachel Johnston, the patient care coordinator at Medi Home Health & Hospice. "I've seen a lot of their activities and they really seem to care about the older folks and like to get involved and do things like this for them; the HOSA students are an impressive group."

HOSA Students Soar Throught District Competition

ASHE COUNTY — The Health Occupation Students of America from Ashe County High School performed very well at a recent district competition.

According to HOSA advisor and ACHS teacher Olivia Jenkins, Ashe was the only school to place in the top 10 in every event they competed in.

“I am super proud of them. We are the only school that placed in every single event we were in,” Jenkins said. “These competitions are hard, so it takes a lot of work to do well in these competitions.”

The events in HOSA competitions are like tests, where students answer questions pertaining to a subject matter. For example, HOSA member Sabrina Walton placed first in a competition testing her knowledge about CNA skills.

“The competition itself was really fun,” Walton said. “It gave us the chance to meet other HOSA students and see where they want to work or where they are going to school.”

Other competitions tested the creativity of participants. HOSA student Chris Lopez placed in the top 10 in a poster design competition. Lopez was asked to design a poster about a health subject without knowing what that topic would be in advance.

“It was fun; it was definitely a new experience,” Lopez said.

HOSA participants included:

  • Sabrina Walton placed 1st for Nursing Assistant
  • Emily Blevins and Katie Henson placed 2nd place Health Career Display
  • Nikki Miller and Kelsi McKiddy placed 4th place Health Career Display
  • Kiana Osborne top 10 finalist for Medical Terminology
  • Chris Lopez top 10 finalist Extemporaneous Health Poster
  • Caleb Cooper top 10 finalist Research Persuasive Speaking
  • Anna Corley and Daisy Chapuz top 10 finalist Medical Photography
  • Brianna Weaver and Linda Francisco top 10 finalist for Nursing Assistant

Also, the following students qualified for the upcoming state competition: Emily Blevins, Katie Henson, Nikki Miller, Kelsie McKiddy, Breanna Weaver, Sabrina Walton, and Linda Francisco.

According to Jenkins, the knowledge and skills learned while practicing for HOSA competitions stays with students as they move into the health field later in life.

Congratulations to our FIRST Distric Officer!
Congrats to HOSA Member Anna Corley!!!
The Young Oral Health Leadership award is an award provided to exceptional young adults who have showcased their talents to help promote oral health to the people of their community. On June 3rd 2015 it was announced that our very own 2015-2016 Historian, Anna Corley had received this award. Anna also received a college scholarship and a letter of recommendation from the American Tooth Fairy Project. Anna completed this community service project by creating a dental health plan to help teach all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at two of the local elementary schools how to properly brush and floss their teeth. I sat down with Anna to learn more about her experiences through the process of completing her project and her thoughts on this award.

Do you have any future plans for HOSA?
To offer more learning opportunities, instead of just helping out. To go more out there in the community.

What are your future plans in health care?
I want to be an orthodontist.

What do you plan to do with the scholarship?
Either take AP courses here at the high school or just save it for college.

Any colleges in mind?
I wanna go to UNC Chapel Hill.

What did you have to do?
Well, I created a project where I talked to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at Mountain View and Westwood Elementary about taking care of their teeth and the good things about taking care of your teeth and the bad things when you don't take care of your teeth. Also the proper way to brush.

Who encouraged you to do this?
Mrs. Jenkins brought it up and I saw it and I approached her about it. And she definitely wanted me to do it.

Were you nervous about this?
I am not a good public speaker at all.

Has this experience opened up more opportunities?
Talking to all of the administrators just to set it up was new for me. That's gonna help me a lot. Everything helps in life.

Anna Corley pictured above with Precious the dog when HOSA volunteered at the Ashe County Humane Society.
Congratulations to HOSA for qualifying to Nationals! Please take the time to congratulate the following students on their job well done at the NC State HOSA Convention. Brianna Weaver placed 3rd in Medical Spelling and qualified for Nationals in Anaheim, CA.
Outstanding Chapter for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society "Pennies for Patients" award
Top Fundraising Chapter for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society award
HOSA Scrapbook placed for Nationals and received Outstanding HOSA award
2014-2015 Newcomer Award
HOSA received the HOSA 100 Award
Katie Henson and Emily Kissinger received medals for the Barbara James award for their volunteer service hours. Total HOSA had 202 hours of volunteer time
Josh Adolph received $500 scholarship from NC HOSA
Mariah Martin participated in the talent show singing Try by Colbie Caillat
Mariah Martin and Cailey Eller were selected by application process to be conference pages for the entire conference
Katie Henson and Emily Kissinger were selected by application process to attend a medical seminar at Duke University
Maggie Barcenas placed in the top 10 finalist in Extemporaneous Writing
Jennifer Sanchez placed in the top 10 finalist in Medical Reading
Jefferson Post Article for HOSA
Village Inn HOSA Night!
Village Inn is hosting a sprit night for HOSA's Pennies For Patients! Go eat at Village Inn Wednesday Nov 26th from 4pm - 8pm and they will donate 10% of their profits to Pennies For Patients.
Jeffesron Post Article
Way to go HOSA! You made the Jefferson Post. Click the link below for the full story!


HOSA Hat Day!
Saturday November 22nd, 2014 is HOSA Hat Day! Wear a hat, pay a $1.00 to your 1st perdiod teacher, and wear your favorite hat ALL DAY!!! No dollar, no hat. All the money collected goes to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society "Pennies for Patients."

Congratulations to the following HOSA members
Congratulations to all HOSA members who competed in competition! You ALL did awesome! I am so proud of you guys.
HOSA members, when you see the members that attended competition, please congratulation them!!!

Extemporaneous Posters - Katie Henson finished in the top 10 finalist.
Cailey Eller

Extemporaneous Writing - 1st Place - Josh Adolph
4th Place - Maggie Barcenas
Top 10 Finalist - Brianna Weaver

Medical Photography - Top 10 Finalist - McKenzie Black

Congratulations to all your hard work!!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU ALL!!
Medical Liability and Code of Conduct
 Code of Conduct and Medical Liability.pdf
Code of Conduct and Medical Liability Forms
 Conference Page Application-1.doc
Conference Page Application
 Dance Dress & Conduct Policy.pdf
Dance Dress & Conduct Policy
 Dress Code 1 Page.pdf
HOSA Dress Code
 HOSA Code of Conduct.doc
HOSA Code of Conduct Form
 HOSA Flyer.docx
Why Join HOSA?
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