This year, South Dakota HOSA did something a little different for our fall leadership conference. Instead of having one in a mutual location, we had three on various college campuses across the state (University of South Dakota on October 21st, Lake Area Tech on October 28th, and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on November 18th).
This year we used the L.A.U.N.C.H. acronym standing for “Leadership development,” “Activity driven,” “Unwavering confidence,” “Networking synapse,” “Collaboration station,” and “Helpful hints.”
The purpose of this year’s academy was to inspire our South Dakota HOSA students to become better leaders through networking with other members across the state and being active in activities designed to enhance their future ambitions. A grand total of 118 students attended the three conferences. Having multiple academies allowed for more members to attend than in previous years and limited the amount of travel chapters had to do.
Many stations helped make this year’s conference so great. Members were encouraged to break out their thinking caps to solve brain puzzles, work together to move a marble across the room, think strategically to build the tallest tower out of limited materials, and discover their leadership styles. They also got to converse with a series of premedical students on a Q&A panel, as well as take a tour of the campus they were on. It was a great way to see what their future would be like if they continued to pursue a health career.
Overall, South Dakota HOSA’s fall academies were a smashing success and provided attendees with insightful leadership skills to take with them for the rest of their lives. To those who attended, we hope you had a great time, and we’ll see you at state!...