North Springs students recently attended the 2015 State HOSA event in Athens this past week. From Thursday March 12th to Saturday March 14th, around 60 North Springs students, teachers, and staff attended the state leadership conference. This event is held annually at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. Schools are given seven months to form a team of driven individuals in the healthcare categories, which all leads up to the conference where students are given the opportunity to showcase all the knowledge and skills they have learned.
Students are given tests to assess their knowledge prior to attending the event, then given another set of tests at the end to see what they learned in their time at the conference.
Skilled based events are judged by measuring how well the group performed. Knowledge based events are judged based on accuracy.
There is plenty to keep busy with including educational symposiums, conference exhibitors, and workshops for the students. Chelsea Griffin, a student teacher at North Springs, attended the event and said, “The students are given the freedom to walk around downtown Athens and shop in their free time during the conference.” Griffin said her favorite part of the event was the dance party at the end because it, “…gave the students a time to let loose and have fun when it was all over!”
Sophomore Caitlin Elgin attended the HOSA State conference and said, “My favorite part of HOSA was the opening ceremony. It was a great time where everyone from around the state came together and everyone made signs. They played good music to get everyone excited to be there.”
“We get the freedom to explore downtown Athens and the UGA campus. I got to shop in cute little stores and even held a sugar glider! There were tons of different restaurants to choose from,” added Elgin.