Fort Cobb, OK – November 6, 2015 – Oklahoma HOSA members elected its 2015-16 state officer team at their Fall Leadership Conference.
Officers were also installed at the conference, which was held in October in Norman. More than 1,200 students and advisers attended the conference, which also included leadership training for secondary and postsecondary students and their advisers, said Debbie Bennett, HOSA state adviser at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
Jada Holliday, Tulsa Technology Center, was elected president, and Madilyne Devereaux, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee, was elected vice president.
State officers for the next year are Kevin Fiorina and Margaret Ortiz, Autry Technology Center, Enid; Bailey Schmitt, Tulsa Technology Center; Aksa Cherian, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City; Little Robinson, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton; Chad Jordan, Southwest Technology Center, Altus; Dakota Poolaw, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, Fort Cobb; and Ashley Pomerantz, Mid-America Technology Center, Wayne.
“Sitting in my chair, that Tuesday, at the fall leadership conference was one of the most nerve-racking days of my life. As I sat there anticipating the announcement of the new officers I grew more and more anxious, thinking, “’Man, I really hope that all those months of work really paid off!’ Praying silently I asked God for humbleness in win or loss and grace to accept the results. As they proceeded to announce the names I realized I hadn’t been called yet, but then as they neared the middle I heard it, the mispronunciation of my name. A little laughter exited me as I made my way to the front, to stand with my new fellow officers who were all, like myself grinning from ear to ear. I look forward to representing Mountain View, Caddo Kiowa Tech. Center, and Oklahoma in this year and the next as a HOSA State Officer,” said CKTC student Dakota Poolaw. He also added that he is grateful and thankful for his family Bruce Poolaw, Sharon Kimbrell, Jennifer Reed and also his CKTC teachers at Sherry Jackson, Debra McPherson, and Marcia Harmon.
Tammy Phillips, a former Francis Tuttle Tech student who is now a freshman at Oklahoma City University, is national HOSA secondary board representative, and Santina Cherian, a Francis Tuttle Tech student is national HOSA Region 1 vice president – the latest in a string of national officers from Oklahoma spoke during the opening and closing general sessions, Bennett said.
HOSA is the CareerTech student organization for future health professionals. Its mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, high-quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students.
Most of Oklahoma’s chapters are at technology centers, although a few are in high schools, Bennett said. Students in most technology center programs finish with a credential or license, she said, while the high school programs are more exploratory.
HOSA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. The others are Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, family and consumer sciences education; Business Professionals of America, business and information technology education; FFA, agricultural education; DECA, marketing education; Technology Student Association, science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and SkillsUSA, trade and industrial education.
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 58 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.
The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.
Additional information about CKTC is available online at www.caddokiowa.com or by calling 405.643.5511.