Annual HOSA Week promotes health and science

BY HANNAH ZIFFRONY

Health Occupations Students Of America (HOSA) hosted its annual HOSA Week from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11 to promote health and science to students around the Bay.

“HOSA Week is a celebration of HOSA’s purpose and is celebrated by HOSA chapters across the nation,” junior and HOSA President Isabella McGillycuddy said. “The main purpose of HOSA week is to promote our mission and community service.”

McGillycuddy said there was a lot of preparation that took place in order to make the week successful. Committee meetings were held to plan courtyard events, as well as prepare for the week overall.

“Our officer team worked hard to plan the week ahead of time,” McGillycuddy said. “Our committee meetings were definitely when we got most of our brainstorming done.”

The week featured two community service activities. HOSA members participated in a  “bowl-a-thon” to raise money for National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). Members also volunteered at the NAMI walk on Nov. 11 which promoted the organization and helped to raise awareness and funds for the club.

“As a student in HOSA, it was fun to participate in these events after watching the planning behind them,” sophomore and HOSA member Isabella Socorro said. “Participating in these activities felt so good since I knew I was helping out such an amazing cause.”

On Nov. 8, HOSA also held activities in the courtyard to during all lunches. McGillycuddy said they wanted to include all students at the Bay in HOSA week and thought this would be a good way to reach out.

“We had medical games in the courtyard for all students to enjoy,” health science teacher and HOSA adviser Carol Warnock said. “We had pin the stethoscope, a Personal Protective Equipment relay race, health career trivia, a medical spelling bee, and a whip cream challenge, where students had to find a ‘heart’ in a whip cream pie.”

HOSA students volunteered their time during lunches to run the activities and ensure everything went well. Socorro said she was amazed at how well everything ended up and how much exposure the club got.

“There was a lot of work put into preparing for the week so it could turn out as great as it did,” Socorro said. “The members and officers couldn’t have done a better job in emphasizing the purpose of [HOSA Week] to the students at our school.”

Mrs. Warnock said she believes the week was successful in accomplishing its goal to inform students about HOSA.

“Holding [HOSA Week] helped make students aware of the fun activities we do and how we link community service to social events,” Warnock said.

McGillycuddy said she was very proud of the officers, advisers and HOSA members for their efforts in making the week run so well. HOSA officers gave out cupcakes, pens and pencils at the general meeting to thank members for their participation and help.

“[The officers] wanted to show that we appreciate our members and all the hard work they put into making HOSA Week such a success,” McGillycuddy said. “This year’s week was successful, and I couldn’t be more proud of HOSA as a whole.”

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