HOSA’s First Year at FHN

By Michal Basford

HOSA, having started in Oct. as required by state law, has done activities encouraging healthy living for students and faculty.

“It’s a nice way to get to know students outside of the classroom, a nice opportunity to get students to be involved and it makes me feel good to have a club for kids that never existed at Howell North before,” club sponsor Matthew Riffee said. “It’s a very original concept, a very diverse group of students involved.”

HOSA has recently hosted the blood drive held in the big gym as well as raising funds for the Polar Bear Plunge in support of the Special Olympics. Apart from those events, HOSA also posted hydration charts in bathrooms throughout the school. HOSA members have also participated in shadowings at hospitals. Guest speakers such as a student in medical school and nurses coming in to speak about epipen and AED training. At Christmastime, the club adopted a family and wrapped presents.

“I think it’s a very good idea to raise student awareness, faculty awareness as well, of health choices in order to make them better, healthier individuals,” Biology teacher Zachary Kling said.

HOSA has meetings every other Tuesday in room 115 starting at 2:30 p.m. Ending time varies based on the meeting’s activities.

“It’s a really small group, but everyone is pretty dedicated, and it’s fun to try new things,” HOSA president and senior Dominique Meyer said.

For the rest of the school year, HOSA plans to have a HOSA week and do a faculty sponsored event, but nothing is set yet.

“Our numbers have decreased from originally because I think some people have decided whether or not they want to be in it, but other than that, we’re running strong in terms of everything we’re doing and trying to do,” Riffee said. “It’s our first year, so we have a live and learn aspect going, but we have not really changed much.”