Kara Smith – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – HOSA is celebrating its tenth year at LRHS. Founded in 2009, HOSA is a medical-based competition club whose members can receive community service hours and explore the medical field.
HOSA has many exciting events planned for their tenth year, including a bicycle safety program that will teach middle and elementary school students the importance of helmet safety. They also plan to work with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Lecom) and local hospitals to allow members to get a better understanding of the medical field.
Last year LRHS HOSA had more members qualify to attend the state competition than the year prior. Four members placed in the top five at the state competition, which is a large improvement from the year before when only one member placed at States.
LRHS Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) teacher and HOSA adviser Carol Lidey said, “HOSA was able to take more people than ever before to states, and the experience from that has made new and old members strive to compete and do their absolute best.”
The first meeting of the year was on Aug. 21. Sixty-four people attended. Those who attended were able to learn more about HOSA as well as future plans for the organization this year.
As the tenth year of LRHS HOSA begins, senior officers are beginning to realize that it is their last year at the Ranch.
Vice President senior Cameron Willis said, “This year is bittersweet because so many exciting things are happening with HOSA, but I also am sad that this may be my last year in HOSA. This club has helped me through a lot, and I am sad that it is reaching an end.”