IRSC HOSA Team Members Layloni Morris With Sara Anderson & Rachel Cannon

Three IRSC HOSA Chapter Ambassadors (Sara Anderson, Rachel Cannon, and Layloni Morris) attended the HOSA State Leadership Conference (SLC) which was held recently at the Marriott World Center in Orlando. The State conference was the largest in Florida’s history hosting more than 3,800 HOSA members/competitors, Advisors, and guests, 50+ competitive events, and 10 recognition events. 

IRSC was one of 14 Postsecondary educational institutions representing Florida HOSA.  

IRSC HOSA students began their successful competition at the regional conference in January 2024 in West Palm Beach. There, HOSA students choose 1 main competitive event and are encouraged to add one recognition event. The HOSA IRSC Chapter made history as one student leader opted to compete in five events at the State level. Sara Anderson also broke the norm competing in 5 events, receiving medals for all 5 events at the HOSA State Leadership Conference. 

Competition Results were (in alpha order):  

Sara Anderson (Stuart, Florida) –
Family Medicine Physician (Gold)
Courtesy Corp, Postsecondary (Gold)
Barbara James Community Health Service Award - 185 hours (Silver)
Healthcare Issues Exam (Gold Recognition of Excellence)
HOSA Happenings - Chapter Newsletter - (Gold Recognition of Excellence) 

Rachel Cannon (Palm City, Florida) –
Physical Therapy (Gold)
Healthcare Issues Exam (Gold Recognition of Excellence) 

Layloni Morris (Vero Beach, Florida) –
Medical Reading (Bronze) 

All Three Indian River State College HOSA students are now State of Florida HOSA Representatives and have been invited to continue their final competition at the HOSA International Leadership Conference scheduled for this June 25th – 30th, 2024 in Houston, Texas. 

In addition, IRSC Faculty and HOSA Advisor, Emlyn Anderson was the winner of the Outstanding Chapter Advisor (Postsecondary) 2023-2024 in the State of Florida. The recipient “possess traits such as dedication to students and the Health Science/HOSA partnership , as well as a caring and encouraging personality”. 

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