State Officer Team
|Yasmine Awayes, President||School: Polytech High School
Career Area: Dental Assisting
Activities: National Honors Society, 2018 HOSA International Leadership Conference, 2017 & 2018 HOSA State Conference, 2017 Washington Leadership Conference, 2016 & 2017 Fall Leadership Conference, HOBY Leadership Seminar, Student Council (Sophomore Secretary)
What HOSA means to me: HOSA is an eye-opening organization that has introduced me to students and inspiring figures from all over the country! It has taken me far and wide to places like Washington D.C. to New York City to Dallas, Texas! I have gotten to visit conferences such as the International Women & Girls in Science Conference in the United Nations, the Washington Leadership Conference, and USA STEM & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. I’ve gotten the rare opportunity to meet inspiring idols such as the Princess of Iraq, Nisreen El-Hashemite, and the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams. HOSA has introduced and allowed me to interact with all kinds of bright, kind-hearted students from not just Delaware, but from all around the U.S. and from other countries like Canada! Competing in Rare Disease has taught me tons of interesting and new information, as well as given me a chance to research, educate, and spread awareness about important topics to the community. Competing in Dental Science has allowed me to put my dental skills to the test and has taken me all the way up to HOSA’s 2018 ILC, were I placed as a finalist in the country! However, HOSA is more than just competitive events, it engages you in problem-solving, confidence building, and strengthens teamwork skills that are essential to building character. HOSA has also offered numerous college aids to help students prepare for post-secondary education such as scholarships and workshops! I believe HOSA is an enormous aid for any high school student aspiring to become a healthcare professional. HOSA has only motivated and inspired me further into the very bright and expanding future of healthcare!
Favorite Quote: “Why fit in when you were born to STAND OUT!”
- Dr. Seuss
|Jonathan Lee||School: Sussex Technical High School
Career Area: Dental Assisting
Activities: 2017 and 2018 International Leadership Conference, 2017 and 2018 State Leadership Conference, 2016 Fall Leadership Conference, All State Band (Principal Alto Saxophonist 2018), Varsity Swimming (Captain, 4-time Henlopen Conference Champion), Math League (Captain, Regional Champion), National Honor and National Technical Honor Society (Treasurer), Sussex Tech Dental Society (President), Sussex County Band (Principal), Academic Challenge, Delaware Summer Chinese LInCS 2017
What HOSA means to me: It’s impossible to measure the impact that HOSA has had on my life. In 2017, I found myself at my first International Leadership Conference. At the time, I had no idea that I would end up falling in love with this organization and what it stood for. Meeting students from all over the world and learning how they envisioned their future in the health care field inspired me beyond belief. Surrounded by thousands of students that shared the same passion as I did, I could finally experience everything that this organization had to offer. Through service, public engagement, and leadership, students have the ability to make a difference in their community while still focusing on their academics. I was blown away by the talent and tenacity that my fellow HOSA members had, inspiring me to do more with my life. HOSA has given me the motivation and drive that I needed in order to jumpstart my career in dentistry. If I had continued to let fear and doubt get in my way, I would have never had the confidence to apply and eventually gain employment under one of the top oral surgeons in the Delaware. Through HOSA, I’ve learned that age should never be a limitation when it comes to achieving your dreams. This 2018 – 2019 year, I’m so excited to have the opportunity to represent Delaware at a National and International level. The pride that this organization gives me is indescribable, and I can’t wait for Delaware HOSA to continue to lead, empower, and motivate every student within our state.
Favorite quote: “You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” - Michael Phelps
|Christina Colatriano||School: Delcastle Technical High School
Career Area: Medical Assisting
Activities: National Honor Society, Secretary of Student Council, Girls State Member, Previous member of Drama Club and Newspaper. HOSA Competition participant 2018.
What HOSA means to me:
At first I did not really understand the depth of HOSA and what it actually meant. I went from not knowing much about the organization to competing in epidemiology, winning second place, and then even applying for a State Officer position. When competing I was able to be around a lot of other students with the same passion and drive as me. It made me feel proud of being apart of something more than just me. HOSA helps me to be productive and motivated but also expand on my interests in the medical field that will eventually lead to my career. I also think that it’s such a great opportunity to be able to volunteer and give a helping hand to the community.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
|Esha Shah||School: Newark Charter High School
Career Area: Biotechnology
Activities: Mock Trial (Captain), Student Council (Class Secretary and Student Life Committee Leader), National Honor Society (Peer Tutor Coordinator), Model United Nations, Youth in Government (Youth Delegation Leader for Judicial & Youth Subcommittee Rep), Newark Charter HOSA (2017-18 Chapter President, 2016-17 & 2018-19 Chapter Vice President), Soccer (Captain), FFA (2015-16 Chapter Secretary), Girls State 2018 Delegate (Girls Nation Alternate), Chorus, Dance, Swim Team, 2018 HOSA International Leadership Conference (National Officer Nominating Committee), 2017 & 2018 HOSA State Conference (2018 Public Health 3rd Place Recipient), 2018 Washington Leadership Conference, 2015-2018 Fall Leadership Conference
What HOSA means to me: For me HOSA is about inclusiveness and opportunity. From state conferences to the international, each one has been dignified by these traits. On the State level, my school was welcomed as a new chapter in the 2016-17 year. This 2018-19 school year will only be our 3rd year as a HOSA chapter and already we have had students attend both International Leadership Conferences since our integration into HOSA. This is a distinct demonstration of the opportunity that HOSA has provided even to students that have just joined. On the International level, HOSA is just that. An international organization which in and of itself shows the inclusive boundaries that extend even farther than our country. The conference and its leaders were inclusive in allowing me to serve on the Nominating Committee this past ILC alongside the National Officers. These officers showed me the embodiment of HOSA as they were welcoming and kind. Leaders of HOSA, just as the organization itself, are taught to treat everyone with the same level of experience and leadership as themselves. Overall, having met the National Officers was an extremely humbling experience, one that I hope I can one day give to fellow members. HOSA has touched me on a personal level more than anything. The sciences have never really been my strong suit, so I have always tried to find public speaking events, which I find myself better at. What I love about HOSA is its authenticity as it provides opportunities for all strengths and interests. One of the most pressing issues for me is education, more specifically focus on science. At the 2018 Girls State conference I wrote a bill on bettering STEM education for students in Delaware, which was passed by my fellow delegates. I may not be hoping to pursue a job directly in the field of health sciences, but I do believe in ensuring the advancement of it. I dare you to find what sparks the passion inside you and connect it with an event from HOSA that best fits your interests. There is something for everyone in HOSA which is why I consider it to be so inclusive. HOSA is what put me in the realm of leadership and so it will forever mean so much more to me.
In the future, my ultimate goal is to study law and eventually become a lawyer or legislator in the government; who either protects the rights of science, specifically medical/patent law or advocates for policy on the betterment of healthcare and science education. In college I plan on studying political science, economics, and/or public health policy.
Favorite Quote: “Everyone wants to get to the top, but no one wants to use the stairs” - Unknown
|Victoria Wachira||School: Polytech High School
Career Area: Dental Assisting
Activities: National Honor Society, 2018 Delaware Rare Disease (1st Place recipient), participation in the 2017 Fall Leadership Conference, 2018 Leadership Training, Marching Band (Drum Major), Pit Orchestra, F.A.D.E Club, as well as Art Club!
What HOSA means to me: HOSA is the organization that can honestly change your life in an instant. As a member of HOSA competing in Rare disease, I realized how much of my life I take for granted every single day. Studying Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata and actually winning 1st place on Rare disease day was the very day when I knew I wanted to treat, engage and learn more about patients in the future. HOSA opened my eyes to see that the possibilities are endless in the health career field and settling is not an option. Also, HOSA made meeting many other students who I did not know before so much easier. When we came together during the many leadership conferences, we embraced the fact that we are the future and are starting now to make the world a better place.
In the future, my goal is to become a well known dentist! The fact that a person's attitude and confidence can change with a simple healthy smile is very intriguing.
Favorite Quote: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou
State Management Team
|Delaware HOSA had a great year! The HOSA State Leadership Conference, which was held at the University of Delaware STAR Campus, was fantastic! We are looking forward to an ongoing partnership with STAR Campus as well as continuing to offer great speakers and judges.
We had new schools join us this year that added to the excitement! We welcomed Appoquinimink High School, Middletown High School, Newark Charter School, Smyrna High School, Milford High School, and McCullough Middle School! Delaware HOSA now has more than 1100 members! We have past members who are now working towards medical school, nursing school, dental school, and many others working hard to become healthcare professionals.
It is my sincere desire that Delaware HOSA will have long-lasting benefits for students, advisors, and Career and Technical Education in the State of Delaware. Please join me in making Delaware HOSA even greater for this upcoming year!
Favorite Quote: "Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." William A. Foster
|Brooke Cycyk, |
|I am excited to be joining the fantastic team of Delaware HOSA and kicking off 2018/19 with a great start! HOSA offers many events this year for our students, educators, local businesses, and the community, that I am eagerly awaiting the many opportunities they will present for everyone.
My previous experience in the Public Health and Behavioral Science field has led me to Delaware HOSA. As a Nurse and Certified CPR instructor, as well as opportunities I have had working in Non-Profit Organizations, Volunteer Management, Research, Social Media, and Volunteer Coaching youth sports programs, these skills will allow me to further the growth of our program. I look forward to working with HOSA and continuing to make it a great opportunity for everyone involved.
You can find me anywhere on social media. I enjoy doing yoga with my chocolate lab, being a total momarazzi whenever my kids are around, or hiking up a mountain somewhere on the East Coast.
Favorite Quote: “For what it’s worth..it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again. “ F. Scott Fitzgerald