Milbank High School students, Mallory Trapp and Kimberlly Aburto, and their advisor, Johanna Fischer, attended the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, June 21-24.
Trapp competed in the pharmacology knowledge test; Aburto took part in prepared speaking. “Neither of the girls placed at Nationals, but I couldn’t be more proud of how they represented our small school,” said Fischer. “This is only our second year of having an established HOSA program, and this conference was an incredible experience for these girls.”
Over 10,000 students from around the world attended the conference. The international event includes: HOSA University for members, state officers, and advisors; exhibits; competitive leadership and skills events; educational symposium workshops; and the opportunity to meet people from across the globe with similar career goals. The MHS students also enjoyed free time at the Disney theme parks.
According to Aburto, she enjoyed learning how other states and chapters conduct their programs. “I took many notes and can’t wait to establish and help teach them to other chapter members as well as other organizations at MHS. Since this will be my last year at MHS, I hope to use the skills I have learned to better the way we approach certain issues and to help educate people on how to communicate better. I also will strive to be better known in our community. I believe that attending this conference will help me to do so.”
Trapp will attend South Dakota State University in the fall. She says, “I learned about the many opportunities and careers within the healthcare field not only by what was offered at the conference, but by talking to other students and professionals who attended. Being surrounded by people who shared the same interests as I do, I was reassured of my choice to attend college for a healthcare career.”
Photo: (l. to r.) Mallory Trapp and Kimberlly Aburto.