The first-year GCMS Jr. HOSA chapter recently inducted officers, assisted by GCHS HOSA President Kaitlyn Butler and Vice President Emily Logsdon. With 45 members and counting, the club has seen tremendous interest in its inaugural year, according to sponsor Nena Tucker, as have the weekly College/Career Readiness healthcare class she teaches.
The school’s 21st Century Learning Program, Cougar Zone, has helped with funding to purchase equipment and materials for both the class and the club. And the high school HOSA chapter is working with their middle school counterparts during afterschool Cougar Zone activities.
The idea for a middle school program came out of a GCHS Medical Reserve Corps. (MRC) team project last year. Tucker, GCHS sponsor Donna Priest and their respective members work together to create a win-win for both students and the two programs. Mock competitions and other projects the middle schoolers work on now, will help provide a successful transition to the high school program, says Tucker.
HOSA was established nationally in 1976, and Kentucky in 1978. The GCHS chapter was founded in 1982. GCMS has the only Jr. HOSA chapter in the state.
L - R: Jr. HOSA sponsor Nena Tucker; GCHS HOSA President Kaitlyn Butler; GCMS officers Baleigh Murrain, Historian; Kristen Hughes, Treasurer; Kara Harned, Vice President; Riley Parm, President; Kennedy Childress, Secretary; Mackenzie Edwards, Parliamentarian; GCHS HOSA VP of Competitive Events and State HOSA Treasurer, Emily Logsdon