Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart


HOSA’s 44th Annual International Leadership Conference

Members of Missouri HOSA participated in HOSA’s 44th Annual International Leadership Conference (ILC), on June 23-26, 2021, which was held virtually. Over 9,500 health science students, advisors, government and private sector leaders, judges, exhibitors, and presenters gathered virtually to compete, learn, network, and celebrate HOSA’s 44th Annual ILC with members from across the United States, Canada, American Samoa, Korea, and China. Delegates took advantage of seven exciting general sessions, various workshop presentations, over 80 exhibits from companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations. The Opening Session featured a special message from the keynote speaker, John O’Leary.

Missouri HOSA members received scholarships at both the state and international levels. Two Missouri HOSA members received international scholarships and were recognized at the Virtual ILC. Amelia Seiz from Timberland High School received a $1,000.00 scholarship from Philip R. Patton HCA-Healthcare. Kallie Orozco from Lake Career and Technical Center received a $1,000.00 scholarship from National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE). With HOSA’s continued usage of a virtual platform and decreased registration fee, Missouri HOSA was able to offer ILC Scholarships to all first-place Missouri HOSA Virtual State Leadership Conference competitors. Missouri HOSA was able to pay registration fees for those 98 participants thanks to our amazing sponsors who contributed to this scholarship fund. Sponsors graciously donated nearly $4,000.00 to assist Missouri HOSA competitors at the International Leadership Conference! Those sponsors included: Mid-America Transplant; 9.95 Uniform Store; Missouri Hospital Association – Missouri Health Careers; Cengage Learning; Stephens College; UMKC Health Professions; Missouri State University – School of Nursing; University of Missouri – St. Louis; University of Central Missouri; Aids Project of the Ozarks; University of Saint Mary; and the US Army Recruiting Battalion – Kansas City.

A total of 301 participants from 44 Missouri HOSA chapters competed in sixty-six (66) competitive and five (5) recognition events and 33 individuals placed in the top 10, along with an additional thirty-one (31) individuals and chapters being recognized for their service and leadership. See the results below.




All Virtual ILC certificates are downloadable this year and can be found at Medals are being mailed to the finalists that HOSA, Inc. had the addresses for.

One of the many special awards that HOSA gives out is the Caduceus Award. This recognition is awarded to individuals for extraordinary leadership in promoting HOSA as the pipeline to the health professions and working collaboratively to assure a well-qualified health care workforce for the future. Jill Williams from Missouri Hospital Association was the recipient of the Caduceus Award this year. Because Jill works directly with the healthcare workforce, she has shared the message of HOSA at regional committee meetings across the state, along with sharing out information via email, when applicable. She is a true supporter of HOSA and understands the benefit of student involvement. Jill is now a member of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) CTE Advisory Committee, where she continues to assist in the partnership between workforce and education. She is an asset to Missouri HOSA, and we are beyond grateful for her hard work to connect the dots.

We also would like to congratulate Kristin Busch from Mehlville High School who was named the Local Chapter of the Year at the Missouri HOSA 2021 Virtual State Leadership Conference. She was nominated because of her strong commitment to her students and to HOSA. In her classroom and HOSA chapter Ms. Busch uses the HOSA mission and goals to guide her in ensuring that the students reach their true potential. Focusing not only on individual but group achievement, knowing that team work and collaboration is an intrichol part of the medical field. Ms. Busch is loving, full of energy, passionate, and a true advocate for HOSA.