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January 2001

Release Date: January 10, 2001

HOSA Conference Scheduled at ASU Jan 19-20

Some 700 high school students interested in careers in the health professions will participate in the Area IV Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Conference Jan. 19-20 at Angelo State University.

The area conference brings together students from throughout West Texas for programs on the health professions as well as competitions in a variety of health-related categories. Local HOSA chapters from Central and Lake View High Schools will host the conference and co-sponsor it with the ASU Nursing and Physical Therapy Departments.

Activities will begin with the opening session at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. After the presentation of the flag by the Lake View JROTC Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem by Central High School student Ana'Alisha Garza, San Angelo Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Joe E. Gonzales will give the opening remarks.

The 2001 conference is the first time the area HOSA meeting has been in San Angelo. HOSA is a national organization for secondary and postsecondary/collegiate vocational students enrolled in Health Science Technology Education programs. The activities of HOSA are an integral part of the instructional program that provides occupational as well as leadership skills for members.

Students from HOSA chapters attend regional and statewide conferences for leadership training and participate in HOSA competitive events that test and recognize students' competencies and related skills in their chosen health fields. Conference Coordinator Joey Henderson said members build confidence in their own ability to develop skills that will lead to successful employment in the health professions.

Jennifer Miller, a Lake View High senior who made it to state finals last year in the medical terminology competition, will be competing again this year. "I am excited that the area conference is in San Angelo, but I am still a bit nervous about competing," she said. " I have been practicing my terminology since the beginning of the school year to prepare for this competition. I hope to make it again to state this year and possibly to nationals."

Another student eyeing the state finals and possibly nationals is Central High School senior Rachelle Kieffer, who placed second last year in sports medicine. Last year Kacie Moreno, then a Central High School senior and currently an ASU freshman, went to the National HOSA meeting in Cleveland as Central's representative in the outstanding HOSA chapter competition. The 2001 state competition will meet in Plano this spring with the national competition in Atlanta in June.

In addition to the programs and competitions, the conference will feature displays by health organizations or departments allowing students to visit with health professionals and educators. Organizations that will be represented in the displays will include San Angelo Community Medical Center, Shannon Health Systems, Howard College and ASU's Biology Department, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Nursing Department, Physical Therapy Department, Office of Admissions and Retention and Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps.

HOSA's Area IV covers all of West Texas, as far north as the Panhandle and as far West as El Paso.

More information is available by contacting local HOSA Conference Coordinator Joey Henderson by pager at 278-8951 or by phone at 947-3317.

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