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HOSA at Watauga High School Mack Brown, Inc.


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  is an extremely successful and thriving organization at Watauga High School. This student-led


club of young people interested in a wide range of health care fields cur- rently has a membership of over 60 students and over 200 students in the curriculum taking classes with a health science focus. These students have an interest in exploring careers in the health care industry in varying ca- pacities. Having a strong HOSA program at WHS allows these students to explore these careers during high school which helps them to narrow their interest into the field in which they are most passionate.


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 technology education students, there- fore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.


Not only is quality health care vital, but additionally, focus on compassion is a request heard over and over by those in need of health care. Patients want to know they are more than a number in the bottom line. Exposing these students to many areas of health care and how they can help to meet the needs in their community gives them a tremendous head-start in se- lecting their career choice.


Across the board, searches in what fields of study will have the most jobs available moving forward shows jobs in the health care industry at the top of the list. Caring for our aging baby-boomer population is a large part of the increase in health care employment opportunities. The opportunities HOSA offers them to learn about all the different careers that fall under the health care umbrella during their high school years allows these students to graduate with a focus and plan they might not have otherwise.


For the past 11 years Watauga High School’s HOSA Club is student-led but also under the advisement of Regina Alford. Mrs. Alford has been a tre- mendous asset, seeing the growth of the club from 8 students when she came on board to its 60+ (and growing) membership now. Mrs. Alford’s experience comes from her years of working as a nurse in the OR at Wa- tauga Medical Center and The Pain Management Clinic, and her passion comes from her desire to take on new challenges and make a difference in young people’s lives.


A couple of the students holding office in HOSA at WHS this year have shared the following:


“HOSA has been a great experience for me during the time that I have been in high school. I am now a Senior and have been in HOSA since my Sophomore year. Working in the health care field is my dream and being a part of HOSA has only made me want to achieve my goal more. I have made many friends through being in HOSA. At Watauga High School the HOSA club holds four blood drives a year. This is a great way to help our community. The national theme this year for HOSA is “It’s in our hearts to keep yours beating”. This state- ment has a lot of meaning to it. Being a part of Health Care really means a lot to us and those around us. I feel honored to be in HOSA. Watauga High School is very grateful to have Mrs. Alford to work with. She adds all the more fun and makes HOSA a joy to be in. HOSA has taught me that there is a lot of value in ones life and helping oth- ers have a good quality to life makes a difference.”


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Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) 


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Left to right: Emily Brewer (Secretary), Erika Walker, Lindsay Warren (President), Melody Harmon (Vice-President), Reanna Read


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