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Thanks to our twenty-six (26) sponsors, Missouri HOSA is able to offer twelve (12) $500.00 ILC Scholarships to fund their registration at the HOSA 2023 International Leadership Conference (ILC) totaling $6,000.00!

Those sponsors included:

BRONZE:  9.95 Uniform Store, HealthierMO – Missouri Public Health Association, Phelps Health, University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy – College of Global Population Health

SILVER:  ABC/Community Blood Center, Be the Match, BJC HealthCare, Cleveland University – Kansas City, Depco, Doisy College of Health Sciences – Saint Louis University, iCEV, Missouri Academy of Family Physicians, Missouri Hospital Association – Missouri Health Careers, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, National Healthcareer Association, Ozarks Technical Community College, Riverside Technologies Inc., State Fair Community College, UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies, UMKC School of Pharmacy, University of Missouri St. Louis – College of Nursing, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

GOLD: East Central College, Mid-America Transplant


This year’s state theme, “Beyond All Limits” guided the focus of the State Leadership Conference around professional opportunities through Educational Symposiums and the HOSA Zone Exhibition, which included a variety of presentations and vendors.  Keynote speaker, Morris Morrison shared his message of overcoming life’s obstacles to go beyond all limits.

Onsite, student members contributed in a Statewide Service Project through an onsite Blood Drive. As a result of their efforts, 38 lifesaving donations were collected between Monday and Tuesday.  Missouri HOSA’s first Trivia Night was focused on questions related to health care topics, and student members had the opportunity to compete in one of fourteen National Geographic Learning Academic Testing Center exams to earn additional statewide recognition onsite.

The Missouri HOSA 2023 State Leadership Conference Qualifier included 1644 participants from 83 Local Chapters!  The onsite conference dates were scheduled from March 27-28, 2023 and included 952 participants from 77 local chapters

During this State Leadership Conference, a total of 68 competitive events took place on the middle school, high school/secondary, and postsecondary/collegiate level.  The top three medalists in each of the competitive events and all qualifiers in five recognition events now have an opportunity to attend the upcoming HOSA International Leadership Conference held on June 21-24, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. 

Among several recognitions, Debbie Cox from Van Horn High School was named Local Chapter Advisor of the Year; Brent Meyer from Hannibal Career & Technical Center was named Missouri HOSA’s Administrator of the Year; and, Jennifer Strathman from Liberty High School, received the Educator Excellence Award

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