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What is HOSA?

Serving future health professionals since 1976, HOSA was created with the idea of providing students opportunities to develop as a leader and a future employee. With over 140,000 members across the nation, it is safe to say t

Serving future health professionals since 1976, HOSA was created with the idea of providing students opportunities to develop as a leader and a future employee. With over 165,000 members across the nation, it is safe to say that HOSA has met our mission! HOSA creates driven, determined student leaders that are excited about healthcare and all that HOSA has to offer. Above all, HOSA is a tool-a tool vital to the success of students, teachers, and health professionals. HOSA is 100% healthcare and connects all hubs of the healthcare field. One experience ignites another creating a chain reaction between those who teach, learn, and do.

HOSA operates as an integral component of the health science education curriculum. Through its network of state and local chapters, HOSA provides powerful instructional tools, recognition, leadership, networking, scholarships, and connections to the healthcare industry to thousands of members across the United States.

Through the HOSA Competitive Events Program, members can compete in teams or as individuals in over 55 different events related to all aspects of the health care industry. HOSA integrates into the Health Science Technology Education curriculum to develop and recognize smart, dedicated, and passionate future health professionals.

Mission of HOSA:
The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.

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State Staff

  • Allen Seigler

    Executive Director & State Advisor
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    Since its inception, Mr. Allen Seigler has found himself involved in HOSA. As a member at Evans High School, Mr. Seigler wound on the state stage serving as the first ever Georgia HOSA State Reporter! Serving as the second State President, Mr. Seigler developed his strong passion for HOSA and knew that leading this organization would be his ultimate career goal! By taking the first step past state officer service, Mr. Seigler volunteered his time to help officer teams after his, and was eventually hired as a State Officer Coach. When the opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the position to serve as Georgia HOSA’s Executive Director/State Advisor.

    Outside of HOSA, Mr. Seigler is a 2nd degree black belt in the International TaeKwonDo Alliance with instructor certification, 1st degree black belt in the American TaeKwonDo Association, and a licensed pilot! His past employment includes working for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as one of two E-911 Training Coordinator’s, but his current career really is a dream come true! Throughout his years of involvement, Mr. Seigler has seen the exponential growth of Georgia HOSA, and is honored to continue to be a part of the organization.

  • Morgan Hunt

    Executive Assistant
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    “Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” -Julia Childs

    Morgan Moore joined the Georgia HOSA team in July 2012 as Executive Assistant. She has a Business Marketing degree from Georgia Southern University. Morgan got her start and discovered her passion for CTSO organizations as a SkillsUSA member and health occupations student at Harris County High School. As a four-year member, Morgan served as a competitor, chapter officer, and state officer. After graduating, she continued her evolvement with SkillsUSA Georgia as state officer trainer. She has also worked with organizations such as Georgia TSA in the capacity of officer training and event staging.

    Morgan is very passionate about the mission of CTSOs and is excited to come onto the Georgia HOSA team. She looks forward to having the opportunity to continue her involvement in the professional and leadership development of students through Georgia HOSA.

  • Gina Wilkes

    Program Director
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    Gina is a former healthcare science teacher of 7 years at Oconee County High School and has recently returned to full-time nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, GA.  Nursing is a passion that has called her back to add to the 23 years of nursing she already has under her belt. 

    Gina has been happily married for 25 years and has a daughter in college and a son who recently graduated from the University of Georgia. Gina became involved in Georgia HOSA as a new teacher, and it quickly became her favorite part of her teaching job.  After her service on the Georgia HOSA Board of Directors, she became the Competitive Events Coordinator for Georgia HOSA.

  • Christen Shiflet

    Advisor-at-Large
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    Christen Shiflet teaches Healthcare Science Technology and is the HOSA Advisor at Sandy Creek High School, since January 2010.  Her first HOSA experience was at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in 2002; as a spectator.  Christen began her medical career as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2005, working in an Internal Medicine office.  She began her teaching career as a Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy adjunct instructor for North Georgia Technical College.  As the HOSA Advisor at SCHS, Christen enjoys working with the students and watching them grow into their leadership skills.       

    Christen received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health & Physical Education from North Georgia College & State University, an Associates Degree from Truett-McConnell College, and a Medical Assistant Diploma, from North Georgia Technical College.  She is certified as a Health & Physical Education teacher in Georgia and has National Certification as a Medical Assistant.Secretary, Advisor-at-Large

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Krista Lowe

    Chair
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    Krista Lowe is currently a Health Science Instructor/HOSA Advisor at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia. Prior to teaching in Forsyth County she taught at the Houston County Career Academy, Sonoraville High School and the Floyd County College and Career Academy.

    Krista is originally from Centre, Alabama where she participated in HOSA as a high school student. She received many state awards and competed at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in ‘94, ‘95, and ‘96.  Krista received her BSN from Jacksonville State University in 2000 and began her career in nursing. She also completed a M. Ed. in School Guidance Counseling in 2009.

    Krista is passionate about her job in education and loves sharing the impact that HOSA has had on her life with her students. Krista has been the recipient of several awards such as the Houston County Career Academy Teacher of the Year, Healthcare Science Technology Educators Association New Teacher of the Year 2013, and Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education nominee for Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher. She was also selected as Georgia HOSA’s Advisor of the Year for 2013.  She is blessed with two daughters, Mary Beth and Anna Grace.

  • Kellie Seawright

    Chair-Elect, Region 7 Advisor
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    Kellie graduated from Athens Technical College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. She worked in the medical field for 10 years with a focus on Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Medicine.  Kellie began her teaching career in 2001 and is currently teaching Health Science Technology at East Jackson Comprehensive High School in Commerce, GA. Kellie believes the best part of her career is hearing from former students who have completed their post-secondary education and are working in healthcare. 

    “HOSA, is such an integral part of the health science curriculum, it is a wonderful way for students to meet new friends, grow their leadership skills, and prepare for a career in healthcare…the two mesh perfectly!”

  • Phyllis Hoskins

    Immediate Past Chair
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    Phyllis Hoskins is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama. She achieved higher education with a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama in Nursing; Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia, and a Masters in Administration & Supervision from the University of West Georgia. She has worked a Registered Nurse since 1984 and as a public educator since 1999. She has served as a Lead Teacher, Adjunct Professor at Breneau University for Clinical Nursing and currently teaches Health Care Science Technology to high school students, serves as an Advisor to the student organization HOSA: Future Health Professionals; serves on the Board of Directors for the State of Georgia for HOSA and serving as Co-Director is now the Director for the State of Georgia’s HOSA Competitive Events.

    Phyllis is the recipient of many awards such as Teacher of the Year (Twice), Parent of the Year, Leadership, Academic and Community Achievements. She has been selected as Georgia HOSA’s Advisor of the Year for 2012. She is a member of several organizations and serves in various auxiliary roles professionally and in the community. She has served as the Georgia State Council Health Professional’s Program Coordinator, Vice President, and now President of the Georgia State Council Health Professionals of the P.A.W.  Her desire is to always seek the Lord, spread the Good News, evangelize healthcare, stay faithful, and forever keep God’s anointing on her life as she manifest His words and His works through her life.

  • Christina Branch

    Secretary, Advisor-at-Large
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    Christina Branch is a Healthcare Science teacher at Centennial High School. She has been working in healthcare since 1983, with a concentration in emergency medicine and pediatrics. Ms. Branch is grateful to have met, worked with, and learned from some of the best in the business. She began her healthcare education teaching in 1988 at the postsecondary level and has been involved in HOSA since 2004. She states that her greatest honor has been the opportunity to raise two beautiful daughters.

  • Barbara Peralta

    Treasurer, Region 4 Advisor
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  • Randa Smith

    Region 1 Advisor
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  • Leola McNeill

    Region 2 Advisor
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  • Lynne Clarke

    Region 6 Advisor
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    Lynn has been a Health Science teacher and HOSA advisor for 13 years. She is originally from South Carolina, but has strong family ties to the West Georgia area. She taught in South Carolina for 11 years before coming to AR Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School in Augusta. Prior to teaching at the high school level, she taught at EMT and Allied Health courses at 2 technical colleges. She also has 10 years experience in EMS and over 20 years in Nursing. She currently works as an ER Nurse part time. Since she began teaching, she has completed her Masters in Education, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

    The highlights of her HOSA involvement include having a National Gold Medal EMT team, a National Bronze Medal Job Seeking Skill member, and a National Top Ten Administrative Medical Assistant member. She has also been honored to serve as a HOSA Intern in the Office of the US Surgeon General. When she works in the ED, she is alongside many of her former students who are now healthcare professionals!

    She has three wonderful sons and two precious grandchildren.

  • Whitney Rice

    Alumni-at-Large
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    Whitney Rice is currently a student at Gainesville State College and works in the ER as a technician at Athens Regional Medical Center. She was a member of HOSA throughout high school and served as Georgia HOSA’s Region 7 Representative her Junior year. Her ultimate goal is to go to nursing school in a year and possibly become a nurse practitioner later on down the road.

  • Kyle Southerland

    President
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    To be an inspiration. To be loyal and generous. To be a leader. To be a humble servant.

    Everyone has goals that they wish to achieve in life. Some venture to become world-famous. Some hope to become millionaires. Others just desire to live a happy life. Yet for a select group of people, life revolves around something even more special: the central goal of becoming a Future Health Professional.

    State President Kyle Southerland is one of those individuals. A Sophomore at the University of Georgia, Kyle’s passion for helping others is one of the biggest contributing factors to everything that he does. He is studying to become a leader in the healthcare field, and he hopes to someday create opportunities for underprivileged children to achieve their own dreams, regardless of their health.

    Serving Georgia HOSA for the past four years, Kyle cannot wait for the year to come. He has served on four state teams and has been a part of HOSA for the past six years. Kyle has grown alongside Georgia HOSA throughout the years, and is excited to lead this state association with more passion and drive than ever before.

    Kyle hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams. He aims to be loyal to the mission and to the members of Georgia HOSA, and he aspires to be generous in his efforts towards achieving that mission. Kyle strives to lead by example and to be a humble servant to Georgia HOSA, as well as to his own goals and ambitions. All together, Kyle dreams of success, and he strives for one of the most successful years that Georgia HOSA has ever seen.

    Walt Disney tells us that “if you can dream it, you can do it.” So, what’s your dream?

  • Priya Rathakrishnan

    President-Elect
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    As a 6 year old, Priya Rathakrishnan had decided that she would make a difference in the healthcare community. During her elementary and middle school years, Priya was fully motivated to do the best she could in school, knowing that it would help her achieve her goal of becoming a Future Health Professional. She started taking up several opportunities to serve the community, such as volunteering at the public library as well as various school functions.

    However, entering high school, Priya wanted the opportunity to not only become as involved as she could in the surrounding community, but also make a difference in the healthcare community! As she was searching for her chance to grow her passion for the medical field, HOSA opened its doors to her, and she immediately joined and became an active member. Throughout the past three years, Priya has served as an active member, Secretary, as well as President at her local chapter. And now, she is absolutely honored and privileged to serve as your 2014-2015 GA HOSA President-Elect!

    A senior at Lambert High School, Priya aspires to become a pediatric neurosurgeon! She is truly inspired by a quote from John F. Kennedy: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Priya continues to learn every day through the wonderful experiences she receives. Her passion for HOSA and the healthcare field has allowed her to make a difference in the community through increasing healthcare awareness and constantly advocating for various healthcare causes. As a leader of over 12,000 members in a nationally recognized healthcare organization, Priya hopes to continue learning and making a difference in this manner, while further encouraging and motivating numerous other students to do the same!

  • Phyllis Johnson

    Department of Education Program Specialist
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    Mrs. Johnson serves as the Program Specialist over Healthcare Science at the Georgia Department of Education. In this role she has the opportunity to work with Georgia HOSA as the HOSA, Inc. Board Representative. As a former classroom teacher of (seventeen years) and CTSO (Career Tech Student Organization) advisor, she has seen first hand what a powerful experience HOSA can be for a student.

    Having served as advisor for many State and even one National officer, Mrs. Johnson understands the importance of this leadership training, and the thrill of having your students be successful in their competitive events. She has great respect for the work of Georgia HOSA, our Executive Director, our teachers/advisors, and of course our students.

    Georgia HOSA is so very lucky to have such a supportive partner at the Georgia Department of Education!

  • Allen Seigler

    Executive Director & State Advisor
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    Since its inception, Mr. Allen Seigler has found himself involved in HOSA. As a member at Evans High School, Mr. Seigler wound on the state stage serving as the first ever Georgia HOSA State Reporter! Serving as the second State President, Mr. Seigler developed his strong passion for HOSA and knew that leading this organization would be his ultimate career goal! By taking the first step past state officer service, Mr. Seigler volunteered his time to help officer teams after his, and was eventually hired as a State Officer Coach. When the opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the position to serve as Georgia HOSA’s Executive Director/State Advisor.

    Outside of HOSA, Mr. Seigler is a 2nd degree black belt in the International TaeKwonDo Alliance with instructor certification, 1st degree black belt in the American TaeKwonDo Association, and a licensed pilot! His past employment includes working for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as one of two E-911 Training Coordinator’s, but his current career really is a dream come true! Throughout his years of involvement, Mr. Seigler has seen the exponential growth of Georgia HOSA, and is honored to continue to be a part of the organization.

STATE OFFICERS

  • Kyle Southerland

    President
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    To be an inspiration. To be loyal and generous. To be a leader. To be a humble servant.

    Everyone has goals that they wish to achieve in life. Some venture to become world-famous. Some hope to become millionaires. Others just desire to live a happy life. Yet for a select group of people, life revolves around something even more special: the central goal of becoming a Future Health Professional.

    State President Kyle Southerland is one of those individuals. A Sophomore at the University of Georgia, Kyle’s passion for helping others is one of the biggest contributing factors to everything that he does. He is studying to become a leader in the healthcare field, and he hopes to someday create opportunities for underprivileged children to achieve their own dreams, regardless of their health.

    Serving Georgia HOSA for the past four years, Kyle cannot wait for the year to come. He has served on four state teams and has been a part of HOSA for the past six years. Kyle has grown alongside Georgia HOSA throughout the years, and is excited to lead this state association with more passion and drive than ever before.

    Kyle hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams. He aims to be loyal to the mission and to the members of Georgia HOSA, and he aspires to be generous in his efforts towards achieving that mission. Kyle strives to lead by example and to be a humble servant to Georgia HOSA, as well as to his own goals and ambitions. All together, Kyle dreams of success, and he strives for one of the most successful years that Georgia HOSA has ever seen.

    Walt Disney tells us that “if you can dream it, you can do it.” So, what’s your dream?

  • Priya Rathakrishnan

    President-Elect
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    As a 6 year old, Priya Rathakrishnan had decided that she would make a difference in the healthcare community. During her elementary and middle school years, Priya was fully motivated to do the best she could in school, knowing that it would help her achieve her goal of becoming a Future Health Professional. She started taking up several opportunities to serve the community, such as volunteering at the public library as well as various school functions.

    However, entering high school, Priya wanted the opportunity to not only become as involved as she could in the surrounding community, but also make a difference in the healthcare community! As she was searching for her chance to grow her passion for the medical field, HOSA opened its doors to her, and she immediately joined and became an active member. Throughout the past three years, Priya has served as an active member, Secretary, as well as President at her local chapter. And now, she is absolutely honored and privileged to serve as your 2014-2015 GA HOSA President-Elect!

    A senior at Lambert High School, Priya aspires to become a pediatric neurosurgeon! She is truly inspired by a quote from John F. Kennedy: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Priya continues to learn every day through the wonderful experiences she receives. Her passion for HOSA and the healthcare field has allowed her to make a difference in the community through increasing healthcare awareness and constantly advocating for various healthcare causes. As a leader of over 12,000 members in a nationally recognized healthcare organization, Priya hopes to continue learning and making a difference in this manner, while further encouraging and motivating numerous other students to do the same!

  • Brooke Grantham

    Vice President
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    “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” –Nelson Mandela

    This is a quote that Brooke Grantham, a senior at Harris County High School, lives by. Because of the support from her family, advisor, and Georgia HOSA, Brooke was able to reach her goal to become Georgia HOSA’s Vice President.

    Throughout her past four years in HOSA, she has been her chapter’s Secretary, Treasurer, and is now serving as President; she also served as Georgia HOSA’s Secretary her junior year. Brooke has a passion to help others and make a difference. Because of her passions, she has the dream to become a Physical Therapist and a dream to visit overseas to teach other countries English. Brooke has experienced first hand the amazing opportunities that HOSA has to offer; she can’t wait to help other members realize the impact of how HOSA can help them become the better candidate.

  • Hailey Waldron

    Secretary
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    Hailey is a Junior at Wayne County High School, but from kindergarten to seventh grade she attended Faith Baptist Christian Academy.  Having the chance to attend public school opened up a variety of new opportunities for Hailey, one of those being HOSA.

    Growing up Hailey knew she wanted to have a career in the medical field, but never knew how passionate she really was about the healthcare profession until HOSA came into her life. As a freshman Hailey attended every activity she could with HOSA and continued to do this through her sophomore year. As a junior she decided to run for secretary of her local chapter. This was not enough for Hailey and she soon gained the desire to become a Georgia HOSA State Officer. As soon as this idea was in Hailey’s head she stopped at nothing to achieve her goal.

    Since Hailey was a child she has always been very determined at anything she was doing. She has all intentions of carrying these traits to HOSA as a state officer. Any task she is given she will give her 110% to make sure it is perfect. Hailey wants to give HOSA anything she can to make it that much better and to push others to become the better candidate.

  • Trent Wilson

    Reporter
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    Trent Wilson is a native to Locust Grove, Georgia. He is currently serving as your State Reporter on the 2014-2015 State Officer team! Trent attends Gordon State College in Barnseville, GA as a dually enrolled senior from Locust Grove High School where he is studying chemistry in order to become a future health professional. Trent strives to do the best that he possibly can and being your state reporter is no different. Throughout the 2014-2015 HOSA year he hopes to bring a new element to the table, comical professionalism, as a good friend would call it.

    Trent has been a member of HOSA since his 9th grade year and has loved every second of it. Serving as a chapter officer for two years and as his chapter’s current vice president he has the experience to start his future now. He would not be where he is today without the support of his advisor, chapter, family and friends and would like to thank them for their support.

    In his spare time, Trent enjoys spending time with his friends and watching his brother play baseball. He finds it important to live in the moment and not to worry about the past. The past is the past and the present is not guaranteed to all. That’s why it’s a gift.

    In the future Trent aspires to become either a plastic surgeon specializing in facial reconstruction or an orthopedic surgeon. He also dreams of being able to comfortably retire at the age of 65. With these dreams comes his favorite quote, “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” -Walt Disney

    Trent has the courage to pursue his dreams and make them a reality. He challenges you as members of Georgia HOSA to decide if you have the courage to do the same. Start Your Future Now and become the better candidate.

REGIONAL OFFICERS

  • Tanner Peabody

    Region 1 Representative
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    Tanner Peabody was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When Tanner was four and a half his family moved to Douglasville, Georgia. He lived there for two years before he and his family moved to Temple, Georgia where he attended Temple Elementary School. He went on to attend Temple Middle School and then Bremen High School where he now attends.

    Even from a young age Tanner has dreamt of becoming a doctor. When he was little he would dress up as a doctor and use his medical instrument toys to examine his dog, Buddy. Now that he has matured in both mind and body, so have his dreams. Now he wishes to go to school and become either an Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon.

    Tanner is a very religious boy. He was brought up in a Christian home and has been a believer since the age of eight. He has attended many church functions and trips throughout his years including two mission trips to Philadelphia and one to Savannah, Georgia. He also had the privilege of being a part of an amazing youth group growing up. As a part of this youth group he went on many trips. This one time he was on a rafting trip to the Ocoee River. When his raft hit the first rapid in the river, he was thrown from the raft. From that point on he swore to never go white water rafting ever again.

    Tanner has been a member of HOSA for almost three years now. He was Bremen HOSA’s Treasurer his sophomore year and he was recently elected Region 1 Representative for Georgia HOSA. HOSA means a lot to Tanner and has since his freshman year of high school when he first joined. HOSA has made him a better student and a better person overall. He hopes to continue his involvement in HOSA not only for the rest of high school, but throughout the rest of his life.

  • Davis Teston

    Region 5 Representative
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    Davis Teston is very excited to hold the position as Georgia HOSA’s Region 5 Representative. Davis is currently a junior at Long County High School in Ludowici, Georgia, a two time World Champion in the NBL (National Black belt League), and is a black belt at Corky Sikes’ World Class Karate.  Davis will graduate as part of the class of 2016, and hopes to attend the University of Georgia for his core, then transfer to Georgia Regents University to obtain a Doctor’s degree in Nephrology. Davis’ life goal is to become an Nephrologist, and believes the HOSA will help him reach his goals. Luke 1:37 says, “Faith does not make things easy, it just makes things possible.” Davis thinks that with a little bit of faith anything is possible. Davis would like to ask you to have a little bit of Faith, and express it enough to see exactly how many of your goals you will reach.

  • Baaqeyah Muhammad El

    Region 6 Representative
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    Baaqeyah Muhammad El is incredibly honored and elated to be able to serve as your Region 6 Representative. She will do her very best to help unite her region and mprove HOSA chapters. HOSA has been a big part of Baaqeyah’s life ever since she joined in the ninth grade. HOSA has taught her leadership qualities and skills that she will never forget. To her, HOSA is a way for future health professionals to meet and interact with professionals from various career pathways and other future health professionals.

    Baaqeyah is a senior at Augustus R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet Middle and High School. She is on the laboratory pathway at her school. Outside of HOSA, Baaqeyah participates in Science Olympiad. She is the Secretary for the Student Council at her school, on the Executive Council of her HOSA chapter, in the Richmond Gifted Program, and a National Honor Society member.

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