Fri, May 18, 2018 at 03:20 PM
Three local high school students will compete at HOSA national event geared toward future healthcare professionals.
Hailey Kensing knew she wanted to help the elderly when she got a chance to intern at Marshall Medical North. She was asked to visit patients and ask if they needed anything. One elderly man needed help with his breakfast. She opened his milk carton, peppered his eggs and helped him sip his coffee. She also listened.
“I want to be in the health field so I can take care of the elderly in the gentlest way possible and to be a friendly ear,” Hailey wrote in an essay about her desire to become a geriatric nurse. “The health field is a place of opportunity. In the geriatric area I would have the opportunity to brighten a day for a patient who may not have many days left.”
That essay won Hailey a $500 scholarship in a contest sponsored by Marshall Medical Centers to assist HOSA students attending National Competition in Dallas, Texas this summer. HOSA-Future Health Professionals (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, is an international student organization with a mission to promote career opportunities in the health care industry.
Hailey is an Arab High School senior and is in the school’s Senior Healthcare Internship Class.
A $500 scholarship also was awarded to McKenzie Spicher, a senior at Albertville High School, who wants to become a dermatologist.
“While dermatology is often viewed by others as being a cosmetic practice, I believe it reaches deeper than the surface,” McKenzie wrote in her essay. “Yes, dermatologists help with acne, but they also deal with skin cancer. The profession not only helps people for superficial reasons, but is also life-saving in the topic of cancer.”
As a member of the HOSA class at Albertville, McKenzie was a HOSA Top 6 Finalist in state competition for Medical Law and Ethics in 2017. She got 3rd place in this year’s state competition. She is looking forward to going to Nationals.
“By attending and competing in the 2018 National HOSA competition, I hope to gain not only self-confidence in my abilities to perform, but also to gain life-long friendships and connections with health professionals all around the United States.”
Aaliyah Alexander, a senior at Guntersville High School, won for her essay about her desire to become a nurse anesthetist. Aaliyah is a member of the HOSA Club and serves as its secretary. She is in the HOSA Internship program and was a HOSA Top 6 Finalist in state competition.
“My mother is a registered nurse,” she wrote. “I notice in her daily routine that some days she has a good day then sometimes they are terrible, but one thing that never goes away is her compassion and calling for helping people.”
HOSA was founded in 1976. Members compete at the regional, state and national levels. Those who place in the top three positions at the state level are given the opportunity to compete at the national level. Members meet annually at a National Leadership Conference held in June in cities across the United States. Marshall Medical Centers awards scholarships every spring to one HOSA student from each participating high school to help pay costs of attending national competition.