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Please join us for the Arkansas HOSA State Leadership Conference, the premier event for Future Health Professionals in Arkansas! 


Conference Agenda

2024 Conference Information

About the Arkansas HOSA State Leadership Conference:


The 2023 State Leadership Conference, which was held over two days in March of 2023, was attended by over 1,000 members who met at the Hot Springs Convention Center.


The conference gives student members who have become involved in HOSA the opportunity to further develop and build leadership skills, acquire health care related competencies through competitive events, and gain networking opportunities with students across the state who share similar interests and goals.


The Arkansas HOSA State Leadership Conference also features industry partners as exhibitors and competition judges, giving them the opportunity to interact with the largest gathering of future health professionals in the state.


In 2023, 51 Competitive Events were featured, with each member allowed to compete in one event.  The Competitive Events Program is designed to motivate HOSA members and provide a system for recognizing the competencies developed by members through Health Science and Biomedical Science class instruction, related job training, and HOSA related activities. 


Competitive events motivate HOSA members to improve their knowledge and skills.  HOSA provides an international competitive events program as a means of recognizing students who are willing to pursue excellence by preparing for competition and having the determination to attend a conference and participate in a competitive event. 


The top three competitors in each event are awarded a medal and are eligible to compete at the HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC).  


In 2023, 138 Arkansas HOSA members attended the ILC in Dallas, TX, where over 11,000 HOSA members competed in over 80 competitions.


Arkansas HOSA members were very successful at the 2023 (ILC). Many members advanced to the second rounds of their competitions, showcasing their healthcare skills and knowledge. 


2023 ILC Awards and Recognition included:

  • 14 Arkansas HOSA members earned finalist recognition!  

    • Earning Top 10 Finalist Recognition is a tremendous accomplishment, as some competitions have more than 150 competitors.

  • 2 students won Silver Medals!

    • Marlies Dolan, Haas Hall Academy Rogers, Life Threatening Situations – Middle School

    • Abhinandana Saravanan, Bentonville West, Research Poster, 

  • Rachel Thumma, from Bentonville High School, was recognized for her leadership as the Central Region Vice President on the HOSA Executive Council.

  • Muskan Taori, from Bentonville High School, was recognized as the HOSA Outstanding State Leader.

  • 6 Students were recognized for Barbara James Service Awards:

    • Gold:

      • Mallory Mayo, Fayetteville High School

      • Eekshita Allipilli, Haas Hall Bentonville\

    • Silver: 

      • Emily Ye, Haas Hall Bentonville

      • Hemali Gauri, Haas Hall Fayetteville

    • Bronze:

      • Hayden Holt, Fayetteville High School

      • Ella Pope, Fayetteville High School

  • Quitman HOSA was recognized as a Bronze Level Chapter for the America's Blood Centers Blood Drive Event.

  • Arkansas HOSA was one of 5 Chartered Associations who received a Special Recognition Membership Award, which recognizes the top 5 charter associations for membership growth.

    • Of the 54 HOSA Chartered Associations, Arkansas had the 5th largest membership growth with a 45% membership increase!

  • The Central Region won the HOSA Cup, an annual award which recognizes the region with the largest membership growth.

    • Arkansas is one of 19 Chartered Associations in the HOSA Central Region.  


Student members have become involved in HOSA – prepared to build leadership skills, acquire health care related competencies through competitive events, and gain networking opportunities with students in the state, across the nation, and beyond who share similar interests and goals.  

The 47th Annual HOSA International Leadership Conference will be held June 26-29, 2024 in Houston, TX.

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