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2017-2018 SEC Member Tribute

15,602 Members. 310 Chapters. 1 Georgia HOSA. This is the amazing organization we were chosen to lead. Since the 2017 State Leadership Conference where we became your 2017-2018 State Executive Council, we have had so many opportunities to become better leaders, network with thousands of future health professionals, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Each of us are extremely thankful for the opportunity we had to lead over 15,000 dedicated members who are truly the pillars of Georgia HOSA. Below we have shared the incredible opportunities we were able to be a part of while serving as the 2017-2018 State Executive Council. 

Kaylee Blount-President

This year was full of new changes and opportunities for growth within Georgia HOSA. Team 17 got along so well, and I am so blessed to have been able to work with them. I learned a lot about how to work with different personality types and a lot about myself as a leader. I went into this year terrified that I would struggle to lead my team as President, but I realized that if I kept the members as my top priority and driving force, there wasn’t anything else I needed to worry about. My favorite event was our summer CTSO camp! This event was my favorite because I got to meet so many new incredible leaders from all over the state and was able reconnect with officers I met last year when I was President-Elect. We did a mud course, team building exercises, etiquette training, and some of us even had the opportunity to speak at the Capitol. I was selected as one of the officers to speak in the Senate Chamber and was able to share with them about the amazing opportunities and immense passion found in HOSA. After I finish my term, I plan on attending the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega in the fall. I plan on majoring in nursing in hopes of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. My passion for healthcare that has gotten me to this position will carry me into that future career. I look forward to seeing all of you grow and hopefully working with some of you in the future!

Callahan Thompson-President-Elect

The hallmark of a great organization is growth and development. Georgia HOSA has constantly embraced change this year to best serve its members by adding new workshops and changing training tactics for our officers. This year, I had the opportunity to travel across Georgia, as well as the United States, speak in front of thousands of people, and even get completely covered in mud. I also worked hard on stepping out my comfort zone.  If someone had told me that by the end of my term, I would be the first to extend my hand to a government official, I would have thought they were crazy. I am so thankful to have worked alongside my amazing teammates, and I will cherish the memories I have had with them for the rest of my life! The best event of the year for me was the International Leadership Conference. The general sessions and informative workshops during the conference were so exciting! The cherry on top was getting to go to Disney World and enjoy a Dole Whip. Getting to meet so many like-minded people amazes me every time I attend ILC. When I saw all of you--our members--getting recognized on stage, I felt the same excitement I did competing which was so special. In the future I hope to attend a small college where I want to major in nursing. I plan to become a Nurse Practitioner and hope to someday work in the high paced environment of an ER. Thank you again Team 17 for being such an amazing team and I am looking forward to working with Team 18 this upcoming year. We will be adding more engaging and informative pieces to Officer JumpStart, working on statewide communication, and including other surprises in store for this upcoming year. I wish you all the best of luck in HOSA next year or your next step to becoming the best future health professionals this world has to offer.  

Smriti Suresh-Vice President

March 10, 2017. This date probably means nothing to most people, but for me, it marks the day I was given the opportunity of a lifetime. Becoming the State Vice President has given numerous opportunities to grow as a leader, gain networking skills, and become a more confident individual. My time as a member of this organization, and especially as a state officer, has been the most valuable time of my life. Team 17, I will truly miss your constant support and ability to always brighten up my day. I will cherish the memories we had together for the rest of my life. HOSA has provided me with the chance to explore careers that relate to the healthcare field.  I knew I loved helping others, but I only realized that I could do that as a health professional after I joined HOSA. I have also learned what it means to be a servant leader and a confident person. My favorite event this year was Fall Leadership Rally. All throughout the year, whenever someone would ask me what my favorite part of a conference was, I always say meeting the amazing members. Fall Rally was the event where I had the opportunity to meet thousands of future health professionals and the first time I got to speak on stage. Even though all these experiences were unforgettable, nothing beats having over 2,000 Georgia HOSA members wish me a happy birthday. It was so special to spend my birthday with the organization I love. Even though I have left behind my title, the knowledge and skills I learned during my term will guide me as I move forward into the next chapter of my life. Next year, I will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology and majoring in Neuroscience. I know that I am prepared to take on this challenge due to the character traits and skills Georgia HOSA has instilled within me. So, I thank every single one of you that has been a part of my journey. I could not have made it here without you all.

Makayla Wright-Secretary

This year has honestly been one of the best years of my life. I am so grateful for my team as they have constantly been there for me and are incredible examples of servant leaders. Together we have accomplished so many wonderful things, and it was definitely because we all understood what teamwork entails. I was able to see Georgia HOSA grow and reach over 15,000 members. I have also learned the importance of listening. Throughout my term I learned a lot of valuable information, and if I didn’t write it down or listen, I wouldn’t have grown as much as I did. To receive valuable advice is one thing but to apply it is another. My favorite event this year was our Fall Leadership Conference. I’ve been a HOSA member since my freshman year of high school. When I saw the state officers on stage for the first time, I knew that I wanted to become one as well. To be standing on stage at FLC was one of the most exhilarating moments, and to see my parents in the crowd made my heart beam with joy. The Center for Disease Control healthcare panel discussed public health and shared the various things they do within the field. From the passionate members to the life-changing experiences, FLC was unforgettable. After graduating high school, I will be attending Georgia State University to major in Public Health. I will also be on a pre-med track to pursue my dream of becoming a Pediatrician. In Public Health, I hope to get involved with Global Health and Nutrition. Once all of my education has been completed, I plan to open clinics for those in need and reach new heights ultimately for the service of all mankind.

We started the year by Leading with passion, Serving with humility, and Engaging the next generation of future health professionals. Now, as our year comes to an end, we encourage each and every one of you to implement all that you have learned to become involved in healthcare and definitely Create Your Best Future! Thank you, Georgia HOSA, for being the best members, advisors, and professionals, we can’t wait to see all that you will accomplish!

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