MARCH 11, 2010

HOSA members at a Major Incident Drill that took place on Nov. 13, 2009. Members include (l to r) Advisor, Cheri Carter, Matte Faler, Katie Nemeth, Alyssa Erlewine, Victoria Cruz, Kaylee Hosley, Alex Kuykendall, Jesse Faler and Zac Carter.

HOSA group stays active in the community

By Ethan Gilliam

   This years HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) club at Orofino High School has been busy. Officers are Zac Carter, president; Jesse Faler, vice president; Kaylee Hosley, secretary; Katie Nemeth, treasurer; Ethan Gilliam, reporter; Victoria Cruz, historian and Megan Gering, parliamentarian.

   HOSA meets every Wednesday during school during the channel one TV show and has participated in several events including a fall leadership conference in Coeur d’Alene, a health and fitness workshop at Dr. Harpers office, a major incident drill with EMS/EMT, community advisory board meetings, Red Cross Blood drives, job shadowing with various health care workers, and are looking forward to our state leadership conference in Boise this April 6-9.

   Our fundraisers have included volleyball, football, and basketball concessions, Schwan’s pizza sale fundraiser, and a summer community carwash. We are planning a Fun Run for the community across the Dworshak Dam on May 1.

   HOSA is very grateful for our sponsors, which include Brookside Landing, Glenwood Pharmacy, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, Lodge at Rivers Edge, Harper Chiropractic Clinic, State office of Rural Health, Family Eye Care, Potlatch #1 Federal Credit Union (Orofino), Eye Clinic (Orofino) Northwest Value Drug, Headgames Hair and Tanning Salon and NOSDA.

   Our fall leadership conference was an all day event in Coeur d’Alene where members participated in various leadership and health care workshops. We also learned about the history of HOSA. The conference included many guest speakers. We ended our evening with dinner at the Outback.

   Dr. Harper invited us to his office to use his conference room for our meeting. While there, we received an excellent presentation on some of the different things that go on in a chiropractic office. We were also able to use some of Dr. Harper’s equipment on some of our members.

   We found out if we had a flat foot or a high-arched foot by using some of Dr. Harper’s machines. He gave us a head to foot exam on how our own personal bodies were shaped and how they behaved from some of our sleeping habits. He told us which side of our body we slept on. It was a very interesting and revealing trip. We would like to thank Dr. Harper for letting us use his office and giving us an insight on his profession.

   We also attended an Emergency Preparedness drill. This was a very fun day in which HOSA members participated as the victims of a major incident. Clearwater Ambulance responded, treated us, and transported us to the hospital.

On Nov. 25, 2009 HOSA president, Zac Carter donated blood for American Red Cross at Orofino Armory. Pictured in the back row are Meagan Gering, Alyssa Erlewine, and Victoria Cruz.

Mariah Hanna, HOSA member helps out at Clearwater Valley Hospital.