UMO Students Celebrate Success at International Leadership Conference

UMO Students Celebrate Success at International Leadership Conference

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive HOSA chapter for future health professionals was one of seven postsecondary institutions to represent North Carolina HOSA at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.

Three UMO students attend the conference competing in medical-related competitive events in a variety of categories. Alexya Collie of Nassau, Bahamas became a top 10 finalist in medical photography and placed sixth overall. Christopher Hicks of Trenton, NC and Carolyn Stewart of Raleigh, NC placed third overall in public health presenting on the topic of skin cancer prevention.

Hicks also ran for a spot on the HOSA National Executive Council.  He was slated for the office of Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President after completing a rigorous officer screening process.

Hicks states, “This is just the beginning for the UMO HOSA chapter. Being a first-year program, it is phenomenal that we had the opportunity to represent the University and the State at the international conference. We are looking forward to recruiting new members and aiming for new success in the upcoming year. Certainly, the best is yet to be.”

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Pictured (left to right): Christopher Hicks,Carolyn Stewart, U.S. Medical Reserve Corp. representative