NDSU students receive multiple state awards in health-related fields

Six students in the NDSU Chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals received 16 awards at a State Leadership Conference held March 24-26 in Bismarck. HOSA-FHP empowers future healthcare leaders. The NDSU chapter includes 125 members representing more than 14 health-related fields. Award winners include:

Head and shoulders photo of KayleighAnn Heffernan

KayleighAnn Heffernan, Nursing

  • 1st place Medical Spelling
  • 1st place Medical Math
  • 3rd place Medical Terminology
  • 1st place Nursing Assisting
  • 1st place Team Creative Problem Solving (w/Lauren Leabo)

Photo of Gracie Doe, NDSU Nursing  

Gracie Doe, Nursing

  • 1st place Behavioral Health
  • 1st place Team Forensic Science (w/Sarah Gaida)
  • 2nd place Medical Terminology

Photo of Lauren Leabo, NDSU Medical Lab Science

Lauren Leabo, Medical Laboratory Science, Pre-Med

  • Barbara James Service Award, Gold
  • 1st place Researched Persuasive Writing & Speaking
  • 1st place Pathophysiology
  • 1st place Team Creative Problem Solving (w/KayleighAnn Heffernan)

Photo of Sarah Guida, NDSU biology

Sarah Gaida, Biology

  • 1st place Nutrition
  • 1st place Team Forensic Science (w/Gracie Doe)

Photo of Alena Rinas, NDSU biology

Alena Rinas, Biology

  • Barbara James Service Award, Bronze

Photo of Brayden McLean, NDSU biology

Brayden McLean, Biology

  • 1st place Human Growth & Development

“Upon learning that so many of our students placed at the state competition, I was filled with a sense of pride,” said Lauren Leabo, executive student advisor for the group and medical laboratory science and pre-med student at NDSU.

“The performance of our students accurately reflects the quality of education we receive at NDSU, reflects the dedication of our students to succeed within their future careers, and to succeed currently as students,” said Leabo, who started the NDSU chapter last year.

NDSU’s HOSA-FHP chapter focuses on developing leadership, skill development and community engagement. The organization includes students in nursing, pharmacy, veterinary science, sports medicine, physical therapy, debate, health education, public health, nutrition, clinical research writing, leadership development, dental, medical law and ethics, forensic science, biology and more. 

To learn more about HOSA-FHP, visit  https://www.ndhosa.org

In addition to providing leadership and skills development, HOSA-FHP allows students to create social and professional networks among their peers and current healthcare professionals. The group completed 388 service hours in the community since August 2023, including projects for the Ronald McDonald House, Feed my Starving Children, Sanford Medical Center Fargo Pediatrics, and more.  Future community service partnerships are set up with Make-A-Wish Foundation North Dakota and Crosses for Cameron, which assists organ donors and recipient communities.

The NDSU HOSA-FHP chapter includes a 12-person student board, who serves as a resource to the 29 HOSA chapters in North Dakota, showing middle/high school chapters opportunities in healthcare careers.

“We are dedicated to fostering the next generation of healthcare leaders,” said Leabo. 

Aleisha Lokken, director of student affairs in the College of Health and Human Sciences, serves as advisor to the group.

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