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Little Elm High School started seven years ago with nine members with a newly formed HOSA - Future Health Professionals student organization. Today, their membership is up to 180 members.
Since then every year, LEHS HOSA members have looked for opportunities to expand their experiences. State competition is one of them. This year, 27 members attended the HOSA State Conference this past weekend in San Antonio, along with 3,500 other HOSA members from around the state of Texas. The LEHS chapter and many individuals received recognition awards. "We received gold status recognition for the number of pints of blood collected at our blood drives, meaning we collected over 401 pints of blood," said Chelsea Nicoli. "Our s’more newsletter received a certificate of excellence and enough points to advance to nationals."
Thirteen members were recognized for their commitment to community service with a combined total of 2,238.67 hours:, Tighe Harrison, Patricia Mae Villaluz, Lexi Kranzburg, Deba Elahio, Sidrah Khan, Makynah Howard, Beatriz Pintor, Lizzy Heselton, Colton Kennemer, Karson Meadows, Jazzys Gochangco, Anthony Chamoun, and Andrew Drummons.
Three of the officers received scholarships from HOSA and are in the running for the national scholarship: Tighe Harrison received $1,000, and Deba Elaiho and Patrica Villaluz received $2,000. "As the advisor, I am very proud of the 18-19 officer team and their dedication to making this year the best LE HOSA has seen," said Nicoli.
But LEHS HOSA did not fly solo in their travels to state.
The New Kids on the Block
The Lakeside Middle School HOSA was organized this school year with advisors Cathy Hull and Michael Horvath. This is the first time a middle school at Little Elm ISD has had a HOSA chapter.
Nicoli along with her LEHS HOSA Officers, lead by student president Tighe Harrison, mentored the new group. "We are the only middle school in our area, so our students went straight to State for the UIL competition," said Hull.
Traveling to State Competition with LEHS
Hull recalls the students' experiences, "The 2019 HOSA State Leadership Conference was a huge success! There were over 3,000 HOSA student participants with 210 being 6-8 middle schoolers. Our LMS students walked, talked and acted LOBO PROUD learning all about what it takes to be a healthcare professional."
LMS HOSA Chapter walked away big winners with the following awards:
HOSA Service Project Recognition (the ONLY middle school recognized)-accepted by our chapter President-Summer Walden [all of our Chapter participated in the Penny Fundraiser for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. We raised just over $100]
The students who finished in the top three spots advance to the International Leadership Conference in June. "Mr. Horvath and I are so proud of the the hard work all of our students gave for this UIL Competition! This experience boosts our drive to make next year bigger and better," said Hull.
Student Ariadne Morales said, "Mrs. Hull, what can I study and read this summer so I can be up on that stage next year?" Katherine Turcios, another LMS participant said, "My favorite part was the Opening Ceremony. The energy was so exciting. It made you feel important that you are there. The event makes you want to work hard so you can be better prepared for next year."