Earning recognition for several events, members of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club competed at the California HOSA State Leadership Conference (SLC), which included various middle schools, high schools, and universities.
From March 28-31, SG HOSA members stayed at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West Hotel under the supervision of advisers Kathleen Loggins and Alicia Canzano. Kenneth Ma and Andres Rosas accompanied them as chaperones.
Junior Michelle Vuong placed third in Pathophysiology and was recognized in HOSA Happenings, an event centered around creating a newsletter about the accomplishments of the SG HOSA chapter. Vuong was in shock after hearing her name announced as a finalist that will be attending the HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC).
“When my event name came up, I didn’t even want to pay attention because I could recall the moment I finished taking the online test, I absolutely despised pathophysiology,” Vuong said. “When they announced that I had placed third, my disbelief was accompanied by happiness and a sense of pride—not pride in myself specifically but pride in being a student of San Gabriel High School.”
Vuong credits much of her success to her teachers who helped her understand the material and excel in her events, especially with oncology, which “Ms. Loggins had spent two months drilling into our minds.”
“I was very prepared to answer the questions,” Vuong said. “Not only that, but I think what I had learned from [Ms. Loggin’s] Medical Terminology class was extremely beneficial during the multiple choice section. I also had a great physiology teacher, Ms. Lopez, who would teach us about various disorders of the body.”
Juniors Celine Fung, Kenny Ho, and Winni Luong and seniors Kristina Kwok and Sally Tran were also recognized for the Barbara James Service Award, an event based on the number of volunteer hours dedicated to medical-related services done by HOSA members. Although some HOSA members received awards and recognition, the process of coordinating and leading a large group of students was chaotic for cabinet members such as junior Scott Ho. As president, Ho had to “learn a lot from mistakes”.
“This was also my first time being a cabinet member of any club—let alone the president,” Ho said. “Fortunately, I had amazing fellow cabinet members to help me and mitigate my [mistakes]. Overall, I believe planning and managing during SLC was a team effort from everyone from members to cabinets to advisors.”
Vuong will be advancing to the HOSA ILC, which will be hosted in Orlando, Florida from June 19-22 with the top three finalists in each event competing.