In addition to competing against over 150 similar teams from all 50 states and four other countries, our SAHS teams also attended numerous health care educational symposia and workshops, were able to interact with almost 10,000 like-minded students, and had access to representatives from over 100 college health programs and health care companies that partner with FHP. Michaela Fluck also participated in a three-hour student leadership training seminar while at the conference. But, the trip was not all work—our teams also had a little time to recreate at Universal Studios and Disney World.
Our teams earned the right to participate in this conference by being among the best in the state of Utah. This past year at the Utah HOSA Leadership Conference, over 1500 Utah students gathered to compete in over 50 events. SAHS had 17 students competing in 8 events and had top 10 finishes in 5 of these, including a first place for one of our CPR/First Aid teams, a second place for our Forensic Medicine Team, a second place in Physical Therapy (Monique Marks), a fourth place in Epidemiology (Angelyn Ramos), and a sixth place in Transcultural Health Care (Echo Booth). This is especially significant as Summit is a small school and the competition makes no distinction for school sizes—we were competing against school many times our size. All of the top 10 finishes, except the sixth place in transcultural health care, eventually qualified for competition at the International Leadership Conference.
Of course, an effort like this takes a lot of money, and the participating HOSA members and their advisor (Dr. Marshall) would like to thank the generous support of everyone involved in fundraising and those that contributed financially, especially the parents, to make this happen. We could not have had this experience without you. This was our first attempt in trying to accomplish something like this, and while it was a little bumpy along the way, it was ultimately a worthy experience. Hopefully we can learn and build on this, and make it a yearly occurrence!