Rachel Evans, a student at Mount Airy High School, has won a state office with HOSA, Health Occupations Students of America.
Evans is the 2015-2016 president of NC-HOSA District 7, which serves 14 counties and more than 40 high school chapters.
Her district duties began in May 2015. She won the position after successfully completing a screening, testing and interviewing process to be named as a candidate. She subsequently was named to the position after being voted in by a panel of member delegates from all over the state.
Now, Evans has been chosen a state officer, the first from Mount Airy High School in three decades.
The Mount Airy senior has been active in HOSA since 2012. She is the daughter of Wes and Katrina Evans and has one younger sibling, Sean.
Evans is employed part-time, carries a GPA of 4.405 and is in the top 10 of her class. She is active in the school and community theater and has been a swimmer on both school and Reeves Community Center teams for 10 years.
Her career goals are to become a forensic pathologist and hopefully a medical examiner, according to her HOSA teacher Lynn Snow.
As a state officer, Evans has many responsibilities. As the president of District 7, she must maintain regular contact with her adult counterpart, the NC-HOSA board representative. She leads and helps plan and manage the events at the District Fall Leadership Workshop and District Leadership Conference. Evans must also communicate frequently, offering assistance and guidance to the other district officers and chapters in her district, as well as attend monthly meetings with her fellow state officers.
In June, Evans represented North Carolina HOSA at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, where she participated in “HOSA University” learning leadership activities, as well as team-building exercises to help her when she leads her district in their Fall Leadership Workshop, district conference, and state conference.
During her summer “break” she also attended the Career and Technical Education Summer Conference held in July. At the CTE Summer Conference she met with Health Science Educators from all over North Carolina and discussed ways to improve HOSA chapters.
Most recently, she attended the Washington Leadership Academy Sept. 18-22 with other state officers from across the nation, as well as the National Executive Council of HOSA. Evans was to meet with Congress to discuss the importance of CTE education and how HOSA impacts future health care providers, spending time with the Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., visiting the National Institute of Health as well as other leadership building activities.
“HOSA has impacted my life in so many ways,” Evans says. “When I joined HOSA my freshman year, I had little leadership skills, my speaking skills were weak, and I thought I wanted to be a surgeon.
“Now at my senior year, I have had so many leadership roles and skill development opportunities, I have learned what it means to act professional and my speaking skills have improved greatly. I contribute the improvement in my speaking skills to my competitive events I’ve participated in.
“HOSA has also actually paved the way for me realizing that I want to be a forensic pathologist rather than a surgeon. HOSA has changed my life for the better. It gives me motivation and the confidence to keep going on my journey to a career in medicine. It exposes me to career possibilities I did not know existed in healthcare.”
Lynn Snow has watched Evans grow into leadership positions for the past four years.
“It is remarkable to see the transformation that has taken place in her. She is now so poised and confident interacting with other students and adults from all walks of life. It is impressive to see her shake hands and look a person in the eye as she speaks to them with confidence and a smile. These are social skills that are invaluable as one travels through their personal and professional lives.”
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