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HOSA training future medical professionals

HOSA members, front, Olivia Brownlee, Maddie Goeing, Brooklyn Christopher, Ella Mattingly; back, Taylor McCord, Emily Warner, Ethan Tuttle, Allie Randall

Getting into medical school and the journey to become a doctor or healthcare provider may seem like a daunting task as a high school student.

Luckily for future generations, GRC has created a path for students wanting to enter the health field. With the help of the Area Technology Center(ATC), those striving to become a medical expert can leave high school with a CNA degree, a phlebotomist tech, or a physical therapist tech title.

Within the healthcare pathway, there are a multitude of opportunities to participate in activities and clubs outside of class. One of the most prominent and impacting clubs involved in the medical field is the HOSA club.

The Health Occupations Students of America club is said to be the largest student organization that prepares students for the healthcare field.

HOSA has a number of guidelines that must be followed through for every meeting; this is done to maintain the professionalism and quality of the club.

“In preparation for a normal meeting, we take account of all the upcoming activities for HOSA, address any issues that might have arisen since the last meeting session,” says Ethan Tuttle, Parliamentarian of the club. “We also try to include some fun games toward the end that way our members learn that they have a good experience.”

The HOSA conference is an outlet for medical students to compete in every area from tests to hands-on events. It provides them with something to look forward to and for many is known as the highlight of their year.

HOSA teams from all over Kentucky will compete against each other at conference from March 14-16th. They are working hard and preparing themselves for all the events they will be participating in.

GRC’s HOSA club consists of many aspiring and dedicated officers. They work hard to prepare a professional and entertaining meeting period that leaves enough time to play games. Just like any other club, they meet every Friday during club day.

The club also works to provide many community service opportunities for members to get involved in. Members of the club have done bake sales, fundraisers, and clinics to get out in the community and help where they are needed.

Many students enjoy being able to do what they love, but still be a kid while they can.

“It’s a lot of fun being able to hang out with kids, teaching them what a real hospital is like,” says Ella Mattingly, historian of the club, “and just being able to be with my friends and pretend like we’re doctors and nurses for the day.”

HOSA is available for all high school students, and you don’t have to be in the medical pathway to join. If you think you might be the slightest bit interested in this club, join! See Ms. Harney or Ms. Abner for more information.

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Olivia Brownlee
Olivia Brownlee, Multimedia Staff
Olivia, a junior at GRC, is a fanatic for some rolls and peanuts from Texas Roadhouse. Her goals this year are to maintain her 4.0 GPA and be a safe and responsible driver on her way to school. If she were to be in any movie, she would visit the last scene of Starstruck so she could meet Sterling Knight.  When she’s not at school, she’s most likely doing ballet with friends at her local studio. She thoroughly enjoys a Sunday (or any day of the week) nap. Her all-time favorite day of the week is Thursday, simply because it’s Domino's Day!

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