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School District Five student, group recognized by state HOSA student organization

For Immediate Release – March 15, 2019



School District Five student, group recognized by state HOSA student organization


IRMO - A Lexington-Richland School District Five student and group have been recognized by the South Carolina Chapter of HOSA, a student organization for future health professionals.


Spring Hill High School junior Kelsey Krusen, a member of the Center for Advanced Technical Studies’ HOSA chapter was elected as the South Carolina State HOSA Reporter during the South Carolina HOSA Leadership Convention on March 8. The Center’s HOSA advisor, Becky Howell, was also recognized and awarded the Outstanding Service Award for the 2018-19 school year for her dedication and service.


Krusen was one of 19 students from The Center that competed in various health care competitions and attended medicine related educational symposia at the conference.


“Being a member of HOSA has given me many opportunities outside the classroom to learn more about healthcare, provided service opportunities, grown my leadership skills, and allowed me to network with HOSA members from all across the country,” Krusen said. “I am excited to serve and look forward to working with my HOSA leadership team as we expand our leadership skills.”


To be considered for an officer candidate, Krusen completed a rigorous vetting process that included providing letters of recommendation, transcripts, written responses as well as creating a YouTube video.  After passing the first round she continued to the second round for a panel interview. She was then notified that she was eligible to run for reporter and then campaigned for the chapter delegate vote at the convention.


“I am proud to be a part of The Center’s HOSA chapter because it has given me opportunities to serve our community,” Krusen added. “This year our chapter hosted a community yard sale where we raised over $1600 for Palmetto Health’s Camp Kemo. My favorite part of HOSA is our annual Christmas party for the Lowman Home residents in the Haltiwanger building. We make holiday crafts and collect gifts to give the residents to make their holiday season more joyful.”


Dr. Al Gates, Director of Career and Technical Education at The Center said, “We are very proud of Kelsey and the hard work she has done at Spring High School and The Center to prepare her for this leadership position.  We are excited about the many leadership opportunities Kelsey will have as she serves as the South Carolina HOSA Reporter.”


The following nine students placed at the state level and will compete at the International Leadership Conference in Orlando in June: Ella Bishop, Priya Desai, Olivia Hardy, Kelsey Krusen, Erin McConnell, Emily Melton, Muskaan Mehta, Mackenzie Meier and Mya Tran.