Pair of CAC students earn silver medals at HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando

By Guy Harrison

ORLANDO, Fla. – Katherine Juarez and Lindsey Aragonez took home silver medals in the category of health medicine at the conclusion of the national Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) leadership conference.

Over 7,000 HOSA members, advisors and healthcare professionals from around the nation converged on Orlando for the 33rd National HOSA Leadership Conference June 23-26, 2010.

The Coronado Springs Resort was the site of 57 competitive events, 50 educational symposiums and networking opportunities for the 264 delegates from Arizona. There were more than 5,000 competitors from around the nation.

Three more CAC students - Erik Gutierrez (extemporaneous speaking), and Yanira Lizarraga and Patsi Avile (job seeking skills) - all finished the conference as finalists.

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE.

HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Its goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching nearly 107,000 members through 47-chartered HOSA state associations and approximately 3,000 secondary and postsecondary/collegiate chapters through 2008-09.

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