UMO Students Win Accolades at Sate HOSA Competition, Now Heading to Nationals

UMO Students Win Accolades at Sate HOSA Competition, Now Heading to Nationals

MOUNT OLIVE- Seven University of Mount Olive (UMO) students recently competed in the 40th Annual Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference in Greensboro.  The group brought back several top honors.

Christopher Hicks of Kinston, chapter president and HOSA state vice president, won third place in the extemporaneous writing competition.  Mickey Easterling of Apex, NC and Ashley Hicks of Australia placed first in the public health competition.  Carolyn Stewart of Raleigh, NC and Ruth Babutila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa, placed second in the public health competition. Mutsa Tsveta of Zimbabwe, Africa placed first in medical photography. Alexya Collie of Nassau, Bahamas placed second in medical photography.

Each of the UMO participants will have the opportunity to compete at HOSA’s International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN in June.

HOSA is a first-year club at UMO and has 23 members. Nurse JoAnne Morgan of Mount Olive serves as the club advisor.

“This dynamic group has essentially launched themselves from nonexistence to State leadership award winners in less than six months,” said Morgan.  “The group, which formed at the end of the fall semester, has done multiple awareness and fundraising initiatives for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Defeat Blood Cancers campaign; has sponsored a very successful bone marrow drive; has displayed information on skin cancer; has been recognized for their support of the state service project on Alzheimer’s; and has topped all this off by winning every event in which they competed in at the State Leadership Conference.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit

(L-R):  Carolyn Stewart, Mutsa Tsveta, Christopher Hicks, Ruth Babutila, and Alexya Collie