HOSA goes regional at Fall Leadership Conference

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As competition season is starting up, HOSA members are hitting the ground running – or dancing – at the regional Fall Leadership Conference. 

All 26 officers headed to CB Smith Park at Pembroke Pines Friday, Oct. 13. There, they met with other HOSA members from different schools in the Sunrise (Broward County) region and completed team building exercises with them. Exercises included activities such as “patient toss,” which challenged teams to get a ball to the other side of a field using only tarps to catch and throw it. 

Afterwards, each team was tasked with decorating a teammate as a robot using simple materials such as paper bags, glitter and construction paper. Their goal was to “invent” an artificial intelligence (AI) that addresses a current health problem by explaining their capabilities in a presentation. Once time was up for decorating, all 16 teams presented their “bots” for everyone to vote for the “most innovative.”

Sophomore Anagha Iyer’s robot is designed to provide insulin to patients and whip out cool dance moves. (Photo/Lauren Wong)

Each team then separated back into their school groups and performed a dance with 30 minutes of preparation time. Heritage’s team chose the song “Waka Waka” by Shakira with juniors Jaimee Canalejo, Surina Gadh, Gabriel Restrepo and senior Carla del Rio leading the charge.

Finally, as the result of the regional election, senior Lauren Wong and sophomore Anagha Iyer were inducted as this year’s regional officers.

Senior Lauren Wong (center) and sophomore Anagha Iyer (far right) were elected by two delegates from each school in the district to serve as HOSA’s regional president and historian, respectively. (Photo/Diana Sood)
Before officially performing, students practiced their moves by the lake. All officers had to participate regardless of dancing ability. (Photo/Lauren Wong)

This is Lauren’s second year on the staff. She enjoys playing Papa’s Sushiria, taking naps and writing whatever’s on her mind. She’s excited to make this year the best one yet and have an awesome entertainment section.