This weekend Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) chapters from around the state are meeting in Jacksonville for the annual State conference. In addition to business meetings, educational programs and networking, the event is an occasion for accolades — and last night one of the highest honors went to “one of our own.”
On Friday night, Dr. Suzanne Halverson from Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School was recognized as the Outstanding Rookie Advisor of the Year. HOSA advisors are asked to project a positive and professional image of Health Science Education and to promote a positive student experience. The Rookie Advisor has been with HOSA 3 years or less and is judged on the accomplishments of the chapter he or she advises.
According to director Bridget Fetter, Dr. Halverson started the Polk State COL HOSA chapter. The chapter has qualified competitors for the State & National conference each year of its existence. They also support Relay for Life, Juvenile Diabetes Research, Polk State Health Fair, Winter Haven Hospital’s Reading, Arithmetic & Robotics program and many other health-related educational and philanthropic activities.