HOSA: Future Healthcare Professionals is one of the largest student organizations in Georgia with 13,000 members. In fact, Georgia ranks third in the nation in membership, with its SLC being the largest in the nation with approximately 3,900 in attendance.
Through the HOSA Competitive Events Program, members can compete in teams or as individuals in over 55 different events related to all aspects of the health care industry. The THS team, made up of seniors Zombria Morrow, Joy and Ja’Miracle Tims, and juniors Raven Brown and Kaija Anderson competed in Public Health. This event involves a team of 2-6 members who are tasked with creating an effective, dynamic and creative public health presentation designed to educate the public on an assigned topic. This year’s topic was Skin Cancer Awareness.
The event consists of two rounds, with the first serving as an elimination round. If a team scores high enough in round one, they advance. Round two’s presentation can be no longer than 10 minutes, and pretty much anything goes. The more creative, powerful and effective the presentation, the better. The THS team conveyed a wealth of information on the topic while entertaining the judges as well, with a skit based on the children’s television program The Magic School Bus.
With Zombria Morrow as the bubbly and enthusiastic Ms. Frizzle leading the discussion, she and “her students” shared basic facts about skin cancer, as well as how to prevent it. Their Healthcare Science teacher and HOSA advisor Barbara Grave de Peralta stated, “The skit was hysterical, but the girls knew their stuff. They shared facts about skin cancer and how to recognize its warning signs. More importantly however, they shared ways to prevent skin cancer in the first place. They did so in a skit that appealed to their adult judges but also young people. I couldn’t be more proud of them!”