HOSA State President Attends Leadership Academy

HOSA State President Attends Washington DC Leadership Academy

Mariah Jo Wanless, junior at Blaine High School and President of Minnesota Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) attended Leadership Academy September 17-20, 2011 in Washington D.C.

While at the Leadership Academy, Mariah Jo received leadership training to prepare her for the duties of State President this year.  She was able to meet with representatives from Senators Klobuchar and Franken’s offices.  She also met with representatives from the offices of Congressmen Cravaack and Kline.

Mariah Jo participated in the National HOSA conference last June in Anaheim, California, where she attended numerous training and medically related education sessions.  She intends to pursue a career as a medical doctor, possibly specializing in pediatrics.

HOSA is a career and technical student organization dedicated to the personal, academic and professional development of students interested in health science professions.  Minnesota HOSA has over 700 student members who are eligible to participate in 58 academic and profession-based competitive events at the state and national level.  These events include Medical Spelling and Math, Job Seeking Skills, Medical Terminology, Nursing Assistant, Career Health Display, and CPR.  Blaine High School is working with the Anoka County Medical Reserve Corps in a partnership to increase community health practices and emergency preparedness.