Elkhorn Area High School will send 24 students to the HOSA International Leadership Conference, which will be held in Orlando June 18-23. The majority of them are pictured above along with advisor, Stephanie Steinke (back row, second from right.) See more photos in the May 9 Independent. (Submitted photo)

Elkhorn HOSA sending 24 to internationals; advisor honored

By Cathy Kozlowicz


While Elkhorn Area High School may not have the largest student population, its HOSA group was the first place overall winner at the state competition held in mid-April. HOSA – Future Health Professionals was formerly referred to as Health Occupations Students of America.

The Elkhorn chapter had 24 students qualify for the international competition in June in Orlando, had a student elected as state vice-president and its staff advisor honored in Wisconsin.

Having 24 students qualify for the international competition is the most of any school, Elkhorn HOSA Advisor Stephanie Steinke said. EAHS also has the fifth largest chapter in the state with more than 90 student members.

In Orlando, with a presentation from Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, the students will learn even more about the healthcare field, network with professionals and compete in various events with students from all over.

“HOSA gives a great opportunity for students to hone-in their leadership and public speaking skills,” Steinke said.

She said a lot of HOSA members are interested in a health occupation field while others just want the leadership experience.

“We don’t turn anyone away. It is a lot of fun to work with the kids,” Steinke said.

Read the rest of the story, including more comments from Steinke as well as some of the students involved with Elkhorn HOSA, in the May 9 Independent. Below is information on how to support the group for the trip.

Support the trip

As a fundraiser for the trip to the international level of competition in June in Orlando, companies, businesses and individuals can make a donation to get their logo on the t-shirt that will be worn at the conference and sold in the Elkhorn community.

The goal is to raise $8,000 and the deadline to donate and be included on the t-shirts is Wednesday, May 15. To make a donation online, visit classmunity.com/elkhornwi/ and search “HOSA” in the Find a Fundraiser area or click here.

Checks can also be mailed to, or dropped off at: EAHS HOSA, Attention: Stephanie Steinke, 3 N. Jackson St., Elkhorn, WI 53121.


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