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Meeting the challenge
Submitted by Emily Toepfer on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:00pm
Millennium HOSA team wins 1st place at nationals
Oftentimes, meetings can drag on for hours with nothing getting accomplished, but a group of students from Millennium High School in Goodyear has the task down to a science.
Students in the club HOSA: Future Health Professionals won first place June 26 at the national leadership conference in Anaheim, Calif., in the parliamentary procedure event.
The club, which used to stand for Health Occupations Students of America, is for high school students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field, but who might not be sure which area yet.
Students in the program learn about different health-related jobs and also participate in fundraisers such as Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s annual fundraiser.
“It’s just a great opportunity to expose kids to more healthcare fields,” said Marc Bjork, club adviser and head athletic trainer at Millennium. “If you’re not necessarily an athletic trainer or a physical therapy minded student, but you know you like healthcare, HOSA is just kind of a no brainer.”
Millennium won first place at the state level two years in a row, but took eighth in the event at nationals last year.
“Everybody was really dedicated and focused on achieving that goal this year, and we all kind of pushed each other to study and really work at it,” said Leah Thimgan, former vice president of HOSA.
Parliamentary procedure is a set of rules about how a meeting should be run efficiently.
“It’s a means of making sure business gets done properly in the right way,” said Mitchell Hughes, former HOSA president at Millennium.
The students were coached for the event by professional parliamentarian Al Gage.
“His hours of volunteer time to get these kids prepped and ready is a huge reason for their success,” Bjork said.
For the event, the students drew a card to get their topic, which was creating a program about fire safety and hazards to present to the fire department, and then had 12 minutes to prepare.
“I don’t know if a lot of people realize just how competitive nationals was,” Bjork said. “We went up against several schools that were kind of powerhouses in that event, so it was neat to kind of sneak our way up to the top.”
The meeting could only last nine minutes, and had to contain a main motion and a way to dispose of it that allowed everyone to talk, protected minorities and got the most business done, Hughes said.
“We basically came up with an entire outline of what the meeting is going to be, and then were graded on the meeting itself,” he said.
The following Millennium students were members of the winning team:
• Hughes: HOSA president from 2013 to 2015. He will be attending Arizona State University in the fall to pursue a career in nursing.
• Thimgan: HOSA vice president from 2013 to 2015. She will be attending the University of Arizona to pursue a degree in business.
• Emily Runnion: HOSA secretary for 2014-15. She will be attending the University of Arizona to pursue a career in veterinary science.
• Danielle Harper: President for the upcoming school year. She was an alternate on the team and stepped in with less than two months to train for the event.
• Hannah Horner: Vice president in the fall.
• Vina Son: Secretary in the fall.
Millennium has two HOSA chapters and about 40 student members. The other chapter is run by sports medicine teacher Scott Ross.
“We want to make sure that our students understand that if they’re going to pursue a healthcare career, they really have to excel with their grades and push to not just meet, but excel in whatever classes they’re taking,” Bjork said. “C’s might get you a job in other places, but you don’t necessarily want your surgeon to have gotten a bunch of C’s in class.”
Emily Toepfer can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @EmilyToepfer.
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