(Bradenton, FL—June 26, 2019) Akera Sanders came home with a silver medal from the 2019 HOSA Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference. Sanders is an optometric assisting student at Manatee Technical College. She placed second in the Medical Reading competition.
Brenda Baxcajay placed in the top 10 in Pharmacology Knowledge. Baxcajay is a pharmacy technician student at MTC. Sanders, Baxcajay and two other pharmacy technician students, Samantha Cowie and Marisol Sanchez-Silos from MTC, qualified to compete at the international level.
Over 10,000 competitors competed at HOSA’s 2019 International Leadership Conference. The competitors won at their local, regional, state, and country competitions to earn their spot in one of HOSA’s 71 health-related competitive events.
HOSA–Future Health Professionals is the largest international organization operating in schools for students enrolled in health science and biomedical sciences programs and serving those interested in pursuit of careers in health and biomedical professions. HOSA’s purpose is to develop leadership and technical competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition which is an integral part of the instruction. This student-led organization provides opportunities for students to practice and refine their academic, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills to achieve seamless transition from education to careers.
In 2018-2019, HOSA membership exceeded 245,000 in 5,086 chapters across 49 state associations, and District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Canada, and China. Since 1976, HOSA has served 2.5 million students interested in pursuing careers in health. HOSA is a vital pipeline for the health industry—an industry that is projected to add nearly 4 million jobs between 2016-2026.