Joelean Lowman’s HOSA Future Health Professional  students from Legacy High School in Bismarck have done something no other group of North Dakota students has ever done: they are the first in the state to receive the Outstanding HOSA Chapter award. HOSA is a student organization for future health professionals.

“To even be eligible for the award the students had to meet certain criteria and do activities throughout the school year. Then they had to document all those activities in a scrapbook that was judged at the national meeting in Dallas, Texas,” explains Joelean.

Students Sydney Seamands and Megan Anderson put together the scrapbook and presented it to judges at the national meeting.

“We stood in line for a long time, and then just had to hand over our book to the judges and hope we did everything right,” says Sydney. “It was fun putting the scrapbook together because we got to look back at photos of all the activities we did throughout the school year. We had to show several different things we did throughout the year, including community service, publicity, career awareness, presentations, and more.”

More than 10,000 students from around the world attended the conference. Legacy’s HOSA chapter was one of just 67 chapters to receive the Outstanding HOSA Chapter award. This was the first year the Legacy HOSA chapter entered the competition, but they say now that they know they can do it, they’ll be entering again.