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SLHS HOSA Chapter places in Heroes Challenge for fourth consecutive year

San Luis High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter earned third place honors during the Donor Network of Arizona’s annual campaign to register high school students as organ and tissue donors. This is the fourth year in a row SLHS has placed in the top three.

The High School Heroes Challenge was open to all HOSA chapters in the state of Arizona, through the month of October. During that time, nearly 3,000 high school students registered or reaffirmed registrations to be organ, eye, and tissue donors. The Donor Network of Arizona determines winners in categories according to school size. SLHS competes in the Large School category and won third place among all large high schools in Arizona. 

“I’m very proud of my HOSA students and the students who signed up to be an organ donor,” said Kim Elg, SLHS HOSA advisor. “Being in [Emergency Medical Services], we have to try to save as many lives as possible. Our students learn the importance of being an organ donor, and have shown how San Luis High School is stepping up to help people in the event of a tragedy.”

SLHS HOSA has competed the past four years in the High School Heroes Challenge and took second place in 2018 and first place in 2017. For the 2018 competition, SLHS did garnish the most pledges, but were awarded second place as many of the pledges were from underage students pledging to be donors when they come of age. 

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

Adrianne Wagner