The Missouri HOSA 2020 State
Leadership Conference (SLC) was on the verge of hosting its largest event ever
with 1,564 registered participants from 80 Local Chapters, but amidst the
COVID-19 pandemic, the event transitioned to a virtual platform. The Missouri
HOSA 2020 Virtual State Leadership Conference included 943 competitors from 66
During this virtual event that officially came to a close on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, a total of 58 competitive events took place on both the middle school and high school/secondary level. The top three medalists in each of the competitive events and all qualifiers in six recognition events now have an opportunity to attend the upcoming HOSA Virtual International Leadership Conference held on June 24-27, 2020.
Several sponsors previously scheduled to attend the face-to-face SLC graciously donated nearly $4,000.00 to assist Missouri HOSA competitors and participants at the International Leadership Conference! Those sponsors included: Mid-America Transplant; Midwest Transplant Network; Missouri Hospital Association; National Geographic Learning-Cengage; Stephens College; UMKC—Health Tracks; and the US Army Recruiting Battalion. With HOSA’s announcement of moving to a virtual platform and the decreased registration fee, Missouri HOSA was able to offer ILC Scholarships to the following:
- The 85 First-Place Virtual SLC Competitors!!!
- The 14 Gold-Level Barbara James Service Award Recipients!!!
- The Top Scorer on the Healthcare Issues Exam!!!
State Officer Candidates had the opportunity to network with members through the SLC Conference App. The candidate’s photos, display boards, brochures and speeches were featured on the SLC Conference App, along with personal daily messages. Missouri HOSA hosted its first-ever Virtual Delegates Session utilizing Election Runner. The Missouri HOSA 2020-2021 State Officer Team was announced at the Virtual Awards Session.
Among several recognitions, Rebecca Bolen from Rolla Technical Center was named Local Chapter Advisor of the Year; Torrence Allen from Ruskin High School was named Missouri HOSA’s Administrator of the Year; and, Lynne Bergman, a retired HOSA Local Chapter Advisor, received the Educator Excellence Award. This year’s state theme, “Towards Tomorrow” guided the focus of the Virtual State Leadership Conference around first-time experiences in this different platform.