Arizona HOSA Has First National President-Elect Installed at the National Leadership Conference!

Submitted by: Ryan Hamilton, ADE CTSO Team Leader

On June 24, 2015, 380 Arizona HOSA members and advisors traveled to Anaheim, CA for the 38th National HOSA Leadership Conference. In attendance were over 8,600 students, advisors, volunteers, judges and industry leaders, with over 6,600 students from around the nation competing in 55 events. Arizona students had to place in the top three in the state competitions in order to qualify for the national competitions.

Arizona HOSA had secondary competitors in all 55 competitive events and 9 recognition events and earned 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 11 competitors placed in the top 10 in the nation! In addition, 12 chapters were recognized as GOLD Chapters. Postsecondary competitors earned 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals and 4 bronze medals and 13 competitors placed in the top 10 in the nation! Congratulations to Grand Canyon University who was recognized as the largest collegiate chapter in the nation. Paradise Valley Community College earned a gold medal at their first NLC. Over 50 AzHOSA members were recognized on stage for their volunteer efforts.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Carnesi, recognized as AzHOSA’s Outstanding State Leader, who was also elected President-Elect for National HOSA and will serve as President-Elect for the next year and then President for the second year.

HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. AzHOSA currently operates 350 chapters in 150 different high schools in Arizona with a membership of over 8,700 members. AzHOSA is housed and funded in-part by Career and Technical Education Division in the Arizona Department of Education, Diane Douglas – State Superintendent of Public Instruction. To learn more about AzHOSA, visit or contact the Arizona HOSA State Advisor, Jane Shovlin @ [email protected] or 602-228-5281.

Congratulations to all the advisors, students and officers that participated and exceled at the conference and a special thank you the Arizona Department of Education, the local school districts and Arizona AHECs for their continued support of AzHOSA!