NC HOSA History

Prior to HOSA, North Carolina students participated in VICA. When the Health Occupations Education program grew, the NC HOE supervisor decided to start a new organization for those students interested in the health care field. Health Careers Clubs of North Carolina was organized in 1973. On November 4-7, 1975, through the leadership of the State Department of Education and Division of Vocational Education in New Jersey, eighteen representatives from all six states having statewide health occupations education student organizations met to plan a national leadership organization. Representatives (state officers and state HOE supervisors from the six states which included Alabama, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas) voted to form the American Health Occupations Education Student OrganizationAHOESO (later changed to HOSA). The Inn of the Six Flags in Arlington, Texas, was the site of the exciting Constitutional Convention held November 10-13, 1976 and attended by 384 persons including delegates and advisors from the six states having organized state associations and interested persons from twelve other states. The Convention provided a formal structure for the new student organization. Crucial elements of the organization were formalized. • The name was shortened to "Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)" and bylaws were adopted. • The first set of national officers was elected. Lynne McGee of North Carolina was the first National HOSA President. • National HOSA colors were selected: maroon, medical white, and navy blue, which prevail today. The first National Leadership Conference for HOSA was held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 27-30, 1978. The second National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) conference was held June 26-July 1, 1979, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The third National Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, July 8-12, 1980. The first national HOSA Headquarters was located in Raleigh, North Carolina (November 1976 through spring 1978). After over 20 years of hosting the State Leadership Conference in Greensboro, NC, Charlotte become the new site for SLC 2019. In 2020 the world experienced an unprecedented event called COVID 19 which resulted in a pandemic. Due to COVID, SLC 2020 and 2021 had to be held virtually. In 2022 SLC was able to return to an in person event in Greensboro, NC.

Past North Carolina HOSA State Presidents

2007-2008     Brittany Long             Cherokee High School

2008-2009    Claire Lucas                Mooresville High School

2009-2010     Jennifer Zhu               North Carolina School of Science and Math

2010-2011      Jassmin Smith            Westover High School

2011-2012      Hallie Bannish             Newton Conover High School

2012-2013     Jin Zhang                     North Carolina School of Science and Math

2013-2014    William Johnson          Topsail High School

2014-2015    Serena Mooney           South Central High School

2015-2016    Ashley Hall                   Gates County High School

2016-2017    Arjun Keshava              Wake Early College of Health and Sciences

2017-2018    Hannah Tuckman         South Mecklenburg High School

2018-2019    Rachel Shepherd         West Wilkes High School

2019-2020   Anna Feng                     Enloe High School

2020-2021   Nihar Thakkar               Green Hope High School

2021-2022   Shiva Gadireddy           Cox Mill High School

2022-2023  Nicholas Ballard            Enloe High School

2023-2024  Samantha Kamineni     Enloe High School