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Officer Candidate Profile


Nivriti Deshpande

Haas Hall Academy Bentonville

Grade: 11

Number of Years in HOSA: 2

As a second-year HOSA member, I could not be more grateful for the opportunities it has offered me, both personally and professionally. After I joined HOSA, I realized that I do have a voice that is yet unexplored, and so I decided that I would try to get myself into any and every opportunity I find everywhere and go for it if I can. HOSA’s core values of learning, leading, serving, and innovating guided me through this process as I went through various opportunities with different organizations. I joined LOUDwomen, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowered young women through educational equity, as a policy researcher and wrote a policy brief with a team on healthcare equity in Arkansas because I wanted to learn more about the status quo of healthcare in Arkansas. To further my horizons with LOUDwomen, I joined the executive team to lead the finance department and the host LOUDwomen Institute, a free public speaking and leadership camp for students of all ages. I have been an active volunteer and Senior Representative at my school’s chapter of the National Beta Club and HOSA, wherein I had the chance to volunteer at several events and organize some. To connect all the dots of community service and my passion for healthcare equity, I joined Senator Boozman’s Congressional Youth Cabinet’s Fentanyl Crisis team as a Vice Team lead to drive the team’s journey to write a policy proposal to present to Senator Boozman. While I did have the chance to meet with so many amazing individuals through these positions, I did learn a lot about the right kind of leadership skills, such as active communication, strong organization, empathy, authenticity, and delegation. These are extremely crucial to build upon, I have realized over time because they have helped me understand my roles and myself better and lead my teams to success by giving everyone an equal opportunity to contribute to a team as I learned in my role as the Vice Team Lead at CYC. Now, as I am applying for the AR-HOSA’s state office, I would like to take another deep dive into another responsibility, one that I am confident that I will do justice to as I build upon my experiences to be an Honest, Optimistic, Self-Aware, and Ambitious leader while finding a purpose to my voice!

Video Submission:
Introduction and why you think you would be a good fit for the HOSA State Officer Team. 

HOSA Officer Experience, Activities, and Conferences

  • Senior Representative (2023-2024)

  • Penny Wars: October 2023; Winter Hot Cocoa Sale: November 2023; Christmas Grams: December 2023

  • 2023 SLC, Job Seeking Skills (3rd place)

School and Community Leadership Experiences and Honors

  • School

    • Senior Representative: HOSA (2023-2024); Senior Representative: National Beta Club (2023-2024); 10th Grade StuCo President (2022-2023); Treasurer: Earth Awareness Project (2022-2023); Community Outreach Lead: Model United Nations (2022-2023); Job Seeking Skills 3rd Place - AR HOSA SLC (2023); ACTM Math Pre-Calc/Trig Regionals - Top 10 (2023)

  • Community

    • Zero Hour Bentonville - Secretary (2023-present); Office of Senator John Boozman - Congressional Youth Cabinet (2023 - present); NorthSouth Foundation - Junior Board Marketing and Branding Committee Head (2023 - present); Art of the Heart - Development Director (2023 - present); LOUDwomen - Co-Executive Director of Finance and LOUDwomen Institute (2023 - present); Bentonville Public Library - Teen Advisory Board Member (2023 - present); East Coast Asian American Student Union - High School Program Fellow (2023); City of Bentonville - Mayor's Youth Council (2022-2023); Aplus NWA - Assistant Teacher (2019 - present)

Why do you want to be a HOSA State Officer?

I first joined HOSA back in August 2022, unsure of what I wanted to pursue and looking to make new friends. Looking back at my memories now, I hope to build a much stronger community of like-minded individuals that build on everyone’s HOSA experience!!
As a member, I was able to understand what my interests are, that HOSA is not just a club, but a place that so many call home, and make new friends as I got my CPR-First Aid certification! I also joined LOUDwomen, a nonprofit organization that works to empower young women through educational equity, and wrote a policy brief on healthcare equity and got on their executive team as a Director of Finance and LOUDwomen Institute to lead the fundraising initiatives for the organization, host a free public speaking and leadership camp for students of all grades, and lead a team of Ambassadors representing the organization. 
During my preparation for my SLC event, Job Seeking Skills, I realized so many things: how much I had fallen in love with HOSA; the invaluable leadership experiences by working at different places, like the Congressional Youth Cabinet as the Vice Team Lead for the Fentanyl Crisis Team and Development Director at Art of the Heart; strong communication, teamwork, organization, strong work ethic, and most of all a deep passion for the healthcare field and especially to take steps for gender and racial equity in the healthcare field. 
By being on the AR-HOSA State Officer Team, I hope to bring to the table many programs that build on my experiences as a HOSA member (such as a platform to connect AR-HOSA alumni and current members) with our team, advocate for our members to get a similar HOSA experience, and meet people to make new connections. 

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