State Officer Team

Sophia Bonfigli, President
School: Middletown High School

Career Area: Allied Health

Grade: 12th

Activities: 2019 International Leadership Conference, 2019 State Leadership Conference, Extemporaneous Poster Design 10th at ILC and 3rd at SLC, HOSA Chapter Relations Committee Leader, Governor’s School of Excellence for Academics, Presidential Service Award Bronze Tier, Class Vice President, School Newspaper Vice President, Student Leadership Committee Leader, National Honor Society, Microorganisms Club President, Musical, Stage Crew, Puppet Club, and Art Club.

What HOSA means to me: When I entered High School, I found I had to shift my gears and adapt to the new environment. Although I knew what I wanted to do, I was unsure of how to get there or where to start. Fortunately, I soon found HOSA and immediately fell in love with the organization, what it stood for, and the people who kept it alive. Suddenly, I had access to opportunities to explore different facets of health care and professionals in their field that could guide me. I knew I found something special, so I poured my heart and soul into it immediately and was acknowledged for my effort and contributions. I was able to vastly grow as a person and a leader while helping others do the same. I realized HOSA is about community and cultivation. It is something that ties people together and lifts everyone up by educating, learning, serving, and leading. HOSA has played a major role in shaping who I am and who I strive to be.

In the future my goal is to become a plastic surgeon. Ever since I was young, I had a deep passion for science and medicine and I have carried this love with me.

Favorite Quote: “Hope is not a strategy.” -Steve William Laible
Jada Tarvin-Imeokparia, President-Elect
School: St. George’s Technical HS

Career Area: Nurse Technology

Grade: 11th

Activities: Member of St. George’s Infection Control Team 2019-2020, Ted Ed Talk: Artificial Technology 2016, Future Fortune Builders Speaker 2019

What HOSA means to me: I’ve wanted to become a healthcare professional since I was young, and grew up having only a few others around me that shared the same aspirations. HOSA is a safe place other aspiring future healthcare professionals to grow, learn and flourish together as a team. I’ve went many years without being a part of an organization such as great as this one, and I regret it deeply because I now see what it can do for you. Surrounding yourself with others who have dreams like you or a drive much like your own, is very essential to reaching your goals. The HOSA team works together to spread these positive messages to the youth through different events. It provides connections and networking to become the leader, healthcare professional, and team player you aspire to be!

Future: After high-school, I want to attend John Hopkins University and study Adolescent Medicine to later become a Pediatrician. I will use the leadership skills and hard work ethic I gained throughout my time as an officer to reach these goals. After I reach my goals, I plan on helping other children or teens like me find the right path to reach theirs as well.

Favorite Quote: “It always seems impossible until its done,” (Nelson Mandela)
Ameed Awayes, Vice President
School: Polytech High School

Career Area: Dental Assisting

Grade: 12th

Activities: The 2018 and 2019 HOSA Fall Leadership Conference, the 2019 and 2020 HOSA State Leadership Conference, the 2019 Washington Leadership Academy, 2018-2019 HOSA School Chapter President, A Member of National Honor Society, Voting Delegate at the 2020 HOSA International Leadership Conference, and 2017 Give Kid’s A Smile. Competed in Dental Science and in Dental Terminology.

What HOSA means to me: HOSA means so much more to me than a “school club”. HOSA is an ever-expanding student-led organization that delivers so much to its members. Not only does HOSA challenge my knowledge in the form of competitive competitions, but it also serves as an opportunity to learn new information that may not have been known beforehand. HOSA also helped me develop as a person. Through amazing experiences like the 2019 Washington Leadership Conference, I was able to reflect and build upon my character and social skills, such as public speaking, teamwork, and leadership, to become a more capable leader and future health professional. Even more, I loved how HOSA was able to connect me with countless students who share the same enthusiastic passion for healthcare as me from all around the country/globe. HOSA has gave me many opportunities to meet and make connections with inspiring individuals. HOSA allowing me to meet new friends, build connections, develop skills, and gain knowledge all in one experience makes it astonishing and meaningful to any middle or high school experience.

Using what I gained through HOSA, my goal in the future is to go to University of Delaware, major in biomedical science, and continue onto dental school. I hope to become a successful dental specialist

Favorite Quote: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Till your good is better and your better is best” - St. Jerome

State Management Team

Peg Enslen,
State Advisor
Delaware HOSA had a great year despite a pandemic that hit just two weeks before the HOSA State Leadership Conference! All the Delaware HOSA members and chapter advisors were extremely patient and kind while the business at hand was recalculated. Everyone worked so hard; and at the end of the day, over 100 members qualified for the International Leadership Conference and over 130 middle and high school members registered to attend the virtual ILC and/or participate in the Academic Testing Center! The Delaware HOSA Virtual Awards Session was well-received, and our new State Officers are so poised, intelligent, and ready for whatever 2020-2021 has in store Delaware HOSA is busy planning the 2020-2021 Plan of Work which includes State Officer Leadership Training this August as well as a Fall Leadership Conference in November. We are planning for a couple of different versions to summer/fall events since the pandemic and restrictions remain a concern. I am continuously inspired by the great advisors and students who participate in Delaware HOSA and bring their best knowledge, skills, and creativity as they lead their schools and state. 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. Thank you HOSA members, parents, advisors, and staff from UD STAR Campus and Christiana Care. 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

Linda Wirt, Program Manager
I am thrilled to continue my association with Delaware HOSA in a new role this year. My participation as a local advisor, state event manager and national committee member have all given me the opportunity to share my passion to help students grow in their journey to a healthcare profession of their dreams. It has been an honor to be recognized as Delaware HOSA Advisor of the Year 2018-2019, Outstanding HOSA Advisor and finalist for the Goodheart-Willcox Service Award at the 2019 HOSA ILC. My previous work in the healthcare industry as a Certified Medical Assistant and CTE instructor for the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District has given me a unique perspective within the HOSA organization at multiple levels. I am looking forward to helping advisors and students grow individually and as an organization so they can reach new goals and potential as HOSA members. I look forward to working with all of our existing and new Delaware Chapters this year. This will definitely be a year of new opportunities for all involved with HOSA and I am excited to be a part of it.

Favorite Quote: “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington