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Officer Candidate Profile

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Riley Smith

Haas Hall Academy Bentonville

Grade: 11

Number of Years in HOSA: 3

Lead by example: A common saying is “do what I say, not what I do.” I do not agree with this statement because you can tell people to do one thing, but more often than not, they will replicate your behavior. This is especially important to consider when leading, as your actions are on display for a large group of people who look up to you.

Lead to serve others: There are two main forms of leadership — leading to benefit yourself and leading to benefit others. I do not think you can be a good leader without putting the needs of those under your leadership first, making them feel valued. It also helps you to stay humble and work for the greater good.

Honesty: It is important to be honest in all aspects of life, but especially in leadership. If you are not honest with the people you are leading, they will lose trust in you and no longer want to follow you. Being transparent with those under you will also help create stronger relationships and encourage people to accomplish more.

Time management + delegation: One difficult thing about being a leader is having to balance so many responsibilities, especially in the sense of a “work-life” balance. Doing too much at once can lead to sloppy work and high levels of stress. Because of this, it is essential to manage your time wisely and delegate work to other people when needed. Having enough humility to ask for help when necessary is key to successful leadership.

Empathy: A good leader should be understanding of those they are working with and show empathy towards others. Doing this creates a connection with those you are leading and helps you to understand what will motivate them to achieve desired goals.

Lightheartedness: Even though leaders should stand their ground and be seen as authority figures, they should also have fun and create friendships with those they’re leading. It is important to foster a positive environment where people do not feel scared to come and talk to you but rather that you are there to listen and have a good time!

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

  • Junior Representative, Secretary, President-Elect.

  • Thanksgiving Candy Grams (November 2021), Dominos Pizza Card Fundraiser (February 2022), Valentines Day Grams (February 2023), Awareness Poster Making (February 2023), Christmas Grams (December 2023), various bake sales and other related fundraising over the period 2021-2023

  • 2022, 2023 SLC, 2023 ILC

  • Medical Assisting (2022, 2023), Behavioral Health (2024)

School and Community Leadership Experiences and Honors

  • School

    • Vice President of Tutoring (2022-2023), President of Tutoring (2023-2024), Secretary of HHAB Beta Club (2022-2023), Vice President of HHAB Beta Club (2023-2024), 5th Place in ILC Leadership Event (2022-2023)  


    • Love and Sweet Bakery NWA Director (2022-2023, 2023-2024), Riley's Way Call for Kindness Fellow (2023-2024)

Why do you want to be a HOSA State Officer?

I knew I wanted to be more involved with HOSA the day I went to the opening session of my first SLC. I saw the smart, professional, and kind group of students up on the stage in front of me, and I decided that, someday, I wanted to be like them, too. When I researched who they were, I discovered what a HOSA State Officer is and why I would like to serve as one.

For almost my entire life, I have wanted to be a doctor. Both of my parents are OBGYNs, so I am familiar with the clinical setting as well as 3 am calls to deliver a baby. After viewing the healthcare field through their eyes, I fell in love with the ability to possess such high levels of knowledge and apply that knowledge to better the health of others. To work towards my goal, I joined HOSA in 9th grade and was lucky enough to earn a leadership position. Since then, I have advanced to President-Elect, allowing me to be more involved in our chapter and direct other students toward furthering their healthcare careers. In addition to this, I have held various other leadership positions, through which I have unearthed my passion to lead others. I thrive when I am behind the scenes organizing and out front guiding. Being a State Officer is attractive to me because it would serve as a union between my two favorite things, as well as grant me the opportunity to be involved with healthcare. Additionally, I could use HOSA as a platform to advocate for mental health, an issue I think needs to be addressed for the wellbeing of the Arkansas community. 

I would feel honored to serve as a State Officer. Thank you for considering my application!

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