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School District Five students elected to state office positions in HOSA

For Immediate Release – April 13, 2021



School District Five students elected to state office positions in HOSA

IRMO –Two Lexington-Richland School District Five students have been selected as 2021-2022 South Carolina Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state officers.  


Aryan Parmar, a junior at Dutch Fork High School, was named Vice President and Asah Jenkins, a junior at Irmo High School in the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program was elected to State Reporter.  


HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of the Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE). HOSA’s mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.


Parmar is the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) chapter's Outstanding HOSA member this year and placed top 5 in the state in Pharmacology.  He has ambitions of majoring in neurology and pursuing a career as a neurosurgeon.   


“I enjoy being a state officer as it provides me with an opportunity to connect with and influence other students,” Parmar said. “I am able to meet like-minded individuals with similar career goals. I hope to obtain experience as a mentor and leader within the SC HOSA leadership team. I look forward to developing friendships, knowledge, and leadership experience that this organization will provide.”


Jenkins wants to be a cardiovascular surgeon.  She is a first year member of The Center’s HOSA chapter.  


“In becoming a State Officer, I never saw myself in terms of being a leader but instead I saw it in terms of helping others because what I do has a far greater impact,” Jenkins said. “I enjoy HOSA for all the diversity I am exposed to and for the set standards that it gives to my future endeavors as a cardiovascular surgeon. Because of HOSA, I was able to create a path for myself and knowing nothing can crush that foundation I made.”


Teachers Rebecca Howell and Julie Krusen sponsor The Center’s HOSA chapter and are very proud of their chapter and students.


“We are so very proud of Aryan and Asah.  These young leaders are to be commended for their willingness to step up and go above and beyond, especially in a year that has been so full of challenges and adversity.  Their commitment to serve and invest so much of their time speaks volumes about their character and their leadership potential. We are so excited for them and for all of the opportunities that come along with their new positions. They will represent this district and the state well!”


In addition to their positions and all of the official state duties involved, students also qualify to participate in the Washington Leadership Academy in Washington, DC with other HOSA-future health professionals state officer leaders from across the country.


"We are extremely proud of Aryan and Asah for being selected as state officers for HOSA,” said Dr. Al Gates, School District Five Director of Career and Technical Education. “Aryan and Asah have demonstrated leadership in the Biomedical Science classroom and will now have the opportunity to practice and increase their leadership skills through the performance of their duties in the Future Health Care Workers association. In addition to working with other student leaders, Aryan and Asah will have the opportunity to work with state and federal elected leaders as advocates for Career and Technical Education. We look forward to hearing of their experiences visiting the SC Legislature as well as the US delegation to Congress!"


All Career and Technical Education (CTE) in School District Five offer students the opportunity to participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). CTSOs provide students the opportunity to participate in competitive events, learn leadership skills, and earn scholarships for continuing education. School District Five has chapter representation in eight national CTSOs. School District Five has also had students hold state officer positions in multiple CTSOs. For more information about CTSOs, ask a CTE teacher or contact the Center for Advanced Technical Studies.