K-M HOSA State Officers Appointed
The Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) fall conference was held in Bloomington, Minn., the weekend of Nov. 12, where about 25 K-M HOSA students participated alongside some 300 students from around the state, taking part in health-related sessions and activities intended to raise awareness and interest in a range of health care professions and practices.
The Bloomington conference also confirmed the appointments of K-M sophomores Nathan Loy and Jake Kujath as state officers—President-elect and South Region Vice President, respectively.
For Loy and Kujath, the appointments mark the latest notable accomplishments for the pair, who have participated in HOSA conferences, events and training for two years now, although Kujath has been exposed to HOSA for nearly five years since his father, Jeff Kujath, became a K-M chapter HOSA advisor.
For those unfamiliar with HOSA, it’s a nationwide organization—also known as Future Health Professionals—first officially organized during a Constitutional Convention held in Arlington, Texas in November of 1976. HOSA is dedicated to promoting quality health care via knowledge, skills and leadership development opportunities.
According to Kujath, HOSA is collaborative in its overall scope, but it also promotes education and learning through competitive events, which he said is the aspect he most enjoys.
“The events, like the latest overnight conference stay in Bloomington, showcase a lot of cool things you won’t experience in any other club,” added Loy. “You can attend so many different kinds of sessions, like the HOSA leadership session and the prosthetics session.”
At its core, HOSA lays a solid foundation for students planning to pursue eventual secondary education and careers in health care-related fields. Kujath, for his part, plans on pursuing a career in ophthalmology, while Loy is interested in bio-medical engineering—in particular, prosthetics.
“Taking part in HOSA, we learn a lot of pretty in-depth stuff that will really give us an edge when we start taking university classes,” said Kujath. “Students who haven’t been involved with HOSA will probably be at a pretty big disadvantage.”
“And it’s not just health-related training, either,” added Loy. “There’s an emphasis on public speaking and interviewing skills, especially when you’re committed to becoming officers like we are. We both had to give a speech and attend a HOSA