Huron Plainsman | HOSA Fall Leadership Academy

Nearly 70 students from the Central Chapter of Health Occupation Students of America-Future Health Professionals (HOSA) recently attended the Fall Leadership Launch Academy in Huron.

The event took place on Monday, November 7th at the Huron Community Campus, with the East and West Chapter events taking place in Rapid City and Vermillion.

“We are very excited to hold the Fall Academy event in Huron and are grateful to our community, which continues to support the students involved,” noted Teresa Haatvedt, RN, BSN, Healthcare Career Development Specialist at HRMC and Co-Adviser to HOSA Chapter of the Hurons. “HOSA offers unique leadership, motivation and recognition opportunities for students interested in healthcare careers.”

Students attend a clinical skills workshop to learn how to control bleeding with pressure and use a tourniquet properly.

Several local organizations sponsored the event including the Greater Huron Development Corporation (GHDC) and the HRMC Foundation.

“One of GHDC’s key areas of focus is people development. Bringing young people interested in healthcare careers to Huron helps us connect local employers with potential future employees,” said Ted Header, President and CEO of GHDC. “Supporting HOSA is a great investment in today’s youth, who will be tomorrow’s leaders.”

During the day-long event, students participated in leadership development activities and hands-on workshops led by clinical professionals from Huron Regional Medical Center, Dakota Family Dentistry, Horizon Health Care and Southeast Technical College. The clinical skills learned will be used in competition at the HOSA State Convention, being held March 30-31 in Sioux Falls.

From left, Ethan Comes, RN and Christine Hines, RN, prepare for a clinical workshop on intramuscular injection administration.

Brock Rops, associate director of the South Dakota Area Health Education Center and executive director of South Dakota HOSA, attended the event in Huron. “The Fall Academy builds energy and momentum for the year ahead while also teaching leadership, collaboration and team building,” said Rops. “HOSA aims to nurture and encourage high school students in their interest in healthcare careers.”

Founded in 1976, HOSA is recognized by the US Department of Education as a career and technical student organization. South Dakota HOSA was founded in 2012. The Huron Chapter was formed in 2018 and is led by Haatvedt and Rebekah Storm, DNP. Iroquois and Wolsey-Wessington also have active HOSA chapters. If you are interested in HOSA, please visit