Tucker County High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) members took home top honors and a groundbreaking leadership award during the 16th annual WV HOSA State Leadership Conference.
The event took place on March 4 and 5 at Marshall University in Huntington. More than 55 events with approximately 680 competitors, advisors and more than 150 industry personnel volunteering their time helped to make the event successful.
Samantha Burns was elected as the 2011-2012 HOSA state reporter. She is the first-ever HOSA state officer from Tucker County High School & Career Complex. Burns received the honor by becoming one of the top five out of 13 candidates elected by popular vote. She spoke before the 700-plus attendees of the conference, as well as interviewed and tested on parliamentary procedure and HOSA.
Those competing from TCHS were Kassidy Easter, Kelsi Fridley, Julia Cowie, Lauren Whitehair, Burns, Kristin Nestor, Ashley Cassidy, Hailey Williams, and Jessica McCrum. Cowie placed third in Human Growth and Development, Whitehair placed third in Extemporaneous Health Poster, Burns placed third in Extemporaneous Writing, and Williams placed second in Medical Photography. They will now compete in the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, in June.