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Members of Missouri HOSA participated in HOSA’s 45th Annual International Leadership Conference (ILC), on June 24-27, 2022, which was held at the Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Approximately 10,800 health science students, advisors, government and private sector leaders, judges, exhibitors, and presenters gathered in-person to compete, learn, network, and celebrate HOSA’s 45th Annual ILC with members from across the United States, Canada, Korea, and China and beyond. Delegates took advantage of four exciting general sessions, various workshop presentations, and over 150 exhibits from companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations. The Opening Session featured a special message from the keynote speaker, Dr. Mike, D.O. Doctor Mike is a board certified family medical physician and social media influencer. Through his various social media accounts, Doctor Mike engages an audience of over 20 million followers as he debunks medical misinformation and uses fact-based education to teach people about their bodies. His YouTube channel has amassed over 1 billion views and reaches an audience of 9.5 million subscribers. He practices medicine at a community health center in New Jersey several days a week and lives in New York City with his dog, Bear.

Missouri HOSA members received scholarships at both the state and international levels. One Missouri HOSA member received an international scholarship and was recognized at the ILC. Amelia Seiz from University of Missouri received a $1,000.00 scholarship from Philip R. Patton HCA-Healthcare. Missouri HOSA was able to offer nine (9) $500.00 ILC Scholarships that were eligible to competitors who earned first-place or were awarded Barbara James Service Award Gold National Level Recognition at the Missouri HOSA 2022 State Leadership Conference. Missouri HOSA was able to offer those scholarships thanks to our amazing sponsors who contributed to this scholarship fund. Sponsors graciously donated $4,500.00 to assist Missouri HOSA competitors at the International Leadership Conference! Those sponsors included: Phelps Health, 9.95 Uniform Store, State Fair Community College, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Academy of Family Physicians, Missouri Health Careers, Be The Match, Kansas State University, UMKC-School of Pharmacy, Compass Health Network, Cengage, National Healthcareer Association, and Stephens College.


A total of 296 participants from 45 Missouri HOSA chapters competed in seventy-six (76) competitive and seven (7) recognition events and 48 individuals placed in the top 10, along with many other individuals and chapters being recognized for their service and leadership. See the results below.



A new recognition award through HOSA is the Outstanding HOSA Alumni, designed to honor HOSA alumni in recognition of their membership in HOSA-Future Health Professionals and for outstanding leadership in the healthcare industry or in a graduate health program. Danielle Friz was selected and recognized at the HOSA International Leadership Conference. Danielle, who is a former State Officer, has served as a volunteer for Missouri HOSA for many years, and we are so grateful for her service and continued support and love for this organization.

The Outstanding HOSA Leader recognition award is designed to honor one Outstanding HOSA Leader from each HOSA chartered association in recognition of the member’s commitment to HOSA and outstanding leadership of his/her chartered association. Alex Norrenberns from Mehlville High School was honored at this year’s International Leadership Conference for his service to Missouri HOSA as our first President-Elect! Congratulations to Alex for a job well done and his two years of service on behalf of Missouri HOSA!  

The goal of the Outstanding HOSA Achievement Award is to recognize a Missouri HOSA chapter for their special achievements, projects, events, and activities that are completed by and unique to individual chartered chapters. The Local Chapter who received the Outstanding HOSA Achievement Award was Springfield GO CAPS. Their chapter was recognized at the International Leadership Conference for their project entitled “HOSA Holidays”. HOSA Holidays was an ongoing fundraiser to help collect clothing, shoes, food, toys, and hygiene products for families in need during the holiday season. The event was a holiday party designed to draw in financial donors and generate donations of food, materials, and supplies. All of the profits and materials received through this event were donated to shelters for local men, women, children, and families in need.

Missouri’s Local Chapter Advisor of the Year, Allia Coultas from Blue Springs South High School, was also recognized. Through her support and facilitation, she has assisted student members to excel in managing their local chapter. One student member stated, “Mrs. Coultas has been an influential presence in my life for the past two years. With her persistent belief in me and her love for her students, she has helped me find my love for biomedical sciences. She is a perfect candidate for the Local Chapter Advisor of the Year Award because she represents the key values of HOSA with her passion for the subject and the drive in her, growing students to become future health care workers.” Mrs. Coultas, thank you from all of Missouri HOSA for your support, guidance and leadership.