By Parashay Hamilton
HOUSTON – HOSA is an organization that teaches students the basic fundamentals of medicine and nursing through competitive events and, advised by Esther Earnest, HOSA students at Houston High School have contributed greatly to the community this year.
Students in HOSA helped with the Tangle Foot Trail race and also did volunteer work at Floy Dyer Nursing Home. There, the students entertained the residents and painted their nails.
During the holiday season, HOSA members rang the bell for the Salvation Army and more recently took part in the annual Farm Safety Day by showing the skills they have obtained in the classroom to elementary students from all around Chickasaw County.
And they managed to give to the community while having competitions through the year.
Damarcus Echoles, who recently competed at state competitions, explained why he loves being a member of the HOSA organization.
“HOSA has opened so many doors in my life,” Echoles said. “When I was little, I never would have imagined myself going into the medical field and, overall, working with the elderly was the greatest experience of all. I’m so proud of my accomplishments through HOSA and I look forward to a successful future.”
Echoles is a senior at Houston High School and has been a member of HOSA for three years.
Health Occupations Students of America
By 1957 the United States Office of Education saw a rising trend in educational programs for future health providers. By 1960, early student organizational needs were met by Future Nurses Clubs and Vocational Industrial Clubs of America and by 1975 the American Health Occupations Education Student Organization (later renamed HOSA) was formed.
“The hands of HOSA Mold the Health of Tomorrow.”