Two students will represent Delaware as delegates to the 52st annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., in March.

Secretary of Education Mark Murphy selected Tiddy Mauti, a Hodgson Vocational Technical School senior, and William Bounds, a Delmar High School senior, as the First State’s delegates. U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons announced the names.

Both delegates serve as their senior class presidents. Mauti also is state president of Delaware’s Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)  association, National Honor Society president and a supporter/volunteer for numerous nonprofits and charities, including Special Olympics, Stockings for Soldiers, Relay for Life and Toys for Tots. Already having earned her CNA certification, she plans to pursue a career in psychiatric pharmacy. Bounds is president of his local chapter of the Business Professionals of America and a volunteer with numerous charities and drives within his school, including organizer of a school blood drive. He plans to pursue a degree in computer/electrical engineering and be active in politics.

Appoquinimink High School’s Nicholas Laughman was selected as an alternate. Alexander Ribgy, a student at Charter School of Wilmington, originally was selected as a delegate but is unable to attend the program.

“In addition to their outstanding academic accomplishments, these students also have demonstrated a commitment to volunteering and public service,” Murphy said. “This program will give them the opportunity to build their knowledge and grow their skills so they can continue to lead in their schools, community and our state.”

During Washington Week, March 8 to 15, the delegates will attend meetings and briefings with Senators and Congressional staff, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an Ambassador to the United States and members of the national media. The students, who will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel, also will tour national monuments and museums.

The competitive, merit-based program brings together 104 top high school students – two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity – for an intensive, week-long study of the federal government and those who lead it. The students rank academically n the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors and have shown outstanding leadership abilities and commitment to volunteer work.

The aim is for delegates to complete the program with a more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. The chief educational officer in each state – the Secretary of Education in Delaware — selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals.

Transportation and all expenses are paid for by the Hearst Foundations, which also provides each of the 104 student delegates with a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.

High School Students Help Distribute Over 1600 Coats to Needy Children

Wilmington, DE – On Monday,  December 17th, the Delaware chapter of HOSA, Future Health Professionals, joined forces with Operation Warm to help distribute 1,626 coats to children in need in New Castle County.   HOSA State Officers and Delcastle high school students helped organize and distribute boxes at the Sharp Conference Center at the Marshallton Education Building.  Staff from Twenty-one elementary schools and the YMCA of Wilmington picked up brand new winter coats from Operation Warm at the event to distribute to children in need across New Castle County.

HOSA is a national student organization that provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, collegiate and adult students enrolled in health science education.  The Delaware high school chapter of HOSA started in 2011 and has been working with Operation Warm almost since its inception in Delaware.  “We wanted to engage our students and leaders with opportunities for service, and Operation Warm was a great fit,” said the Delaware State Advisor for HOSA, Peg Enslen.

Operation Warm serves children in need across the United States.  In 2012, Operation Warm will serve approximately 200,000 children living in poverty.  Nationally, 16.4 million children live in poverty in the United States.  In Delaware, 37,000 children live in poverty, with the highest concentration in the Wilmington area of New Castle County.

“This is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children” stated, Paul Daigle, Director of Development Initiatives at Operation Warm. “A new coat allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities, such as food and shelter.”

About Operation Warm Inc.:Operation Warm Inc. is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of new winter coats to children in need. Our vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, able to attend school regularly and develop a strong self-esteem. Operation Warm has distributed coats in 37 states. In February 2012, we served our MILLIONTH child – a momentous milestone. For more information about Operation Warm visit www.operationwarm.org.

Due to the potential inclement weather, the 2012 Fall Leadership Conference has been cancelled for October 27, 2012 and rescheduled for November 26, 2012 at the Dover Sheraton.

For more information please contact Corinne Stayton at 302-857-3386.

Interested in being an elected HOSA state officer?
Stay tuned for information about HOSA state officer opportunities in March, 2013! The HOSA Management Team will be choosing the HOSA State Officer Team of one President and four Vice Presidents for 2013-2014 school year!

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Come join the Delaware HOSA Officers celebrate Spirit Night at the Bear Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 5:30-8:00 pm. This awareness/fundraising opportunity will benefit future conferences for HOSA Officers.