The Franklin Simpson High School, or FSHS, HOSA club has many upcoming events including the State Conference, which was scheduled for March, and Internationals in June.
During HOSA Awareness, which was held in February, HOSA members taught students at F-S Middle School and Lincoln Elementary about CPR, EpiPens, and HOSA.
For the state competition, students will travel to Louisville to compete in over 60 competitive events, and if they place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, they will proceed to Internationals in Houston, TX.
HOSA members do many activities and fundraisers for the community. They have done a sock fundraiser, where they received over 787 pairs of socks and gave them to the Franklin nursing home and the Russelville homeless shelter. They have done a first aid kit fundraiser, where they sold over 44 boxes of first aid kits. They have sold cokes, done a walk for pediatric cancer, done a trunk or treat at churches, and had spirit night at the Hot Plate, a Franklin diner, where they made over $125.
Members say they joined HOSA because they wanted to work in healthcare. Makayla Nelson, a HOSA student advisor, had a slightly different story.
“My grandmother was a HOSA Advisor so I always knew I would join,” said Nelson.
The clubs members say HOSA has made them better people, taught them how to be responsible, allowed them to give back to their community, and make connections, and network with other students.
“HOSA teaches leadership and communication skills,” said Grace Preston, HOSA secretary.
The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience, as told by hosa.org.
“Most people know what FBLA and FFA are, but they don’t know what HOSA is,” said Lisa Hopson, one of HOSA’s advisers.