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RC3 Health Science Academy Students Inducted as 2021-2022 Health Occupations Students of America Officers.

October 29, 2021


Congratulations to several Riverchase Career Connection Center (RC3) Health Science Academy students who were inducted as RC3’s 2021-2022 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) officers. The induction ceremonies took place on October 21 at RC3 where the students were sworn into office in the presence of family, friends, and RC3 staff.

HOSA is an international career and technical student organization and its mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry. The program provides development, training, scholarships, and partnerships for future health professionals. Another mission of the program is to ultimately enhance the delivery of quality health care.

Katie Swetz, HOSA President, said, “For me, being a HOSA officer is an opportunity to help people discover a passion for health sciences and a chance to give back to my community. I want to bring positive change to the Health Science Academy at RC3 and to Hoover as a whole.” 

The exceptional Hoover City Schools students are aspiring health care professionals who take courses in RC3’s Health Science Academy.  The Academy prepares students for various health professions through a rigorous curriculum; hands-on activities; guest lecturers; simulation labs; community service opportunities; leadership opportunities; and job shadowing. Through a comprehensive program, students will work toward becoming college and career-ready.  

“Being a HOSA member is so important because HOSA helps people explore all of the possibilities the health care field has to offer,” said Swetz. “HOSA gives students professional opportunities that will set them apart from other applicants in the future. HOSA is also an opportunity to give back to the community and educate people about the importance of health-related social issues. This past month, HOSA members have been working with the nonprofit Luv Michael to promote Autism acceptance.” 

Emily Hofmann, HOSA Vice-President of Public Relations, says a leadership role like being a HOSA officer gives her an opportunity to lead by example.

Hofmann said, “I wanted to be a HOSA officer because I have an enthusiasm for health science and I am so grateful for this opportunity to share my enthusiasm with others.”

Hofmann says during her time as a member of HOSA, she has gained so much knowledge, experience, and skills that will be advantageous for her future career and, in addition, explored other possible careers.

“Last year I competed in CERT Skills which prepared me to organize responses to possible community disasters,” said Hofmann.  “Although I am interested in pursuing a career in a hospital setting, HOSA provides students with a variety of knowledge of possible careers or subjects.”

Below are RC3’s 2021-2022 HOSA officers:


Katie Swetz, President


Lauren Gardner, Vice-President of Public Relations AM Shift


Emily Hofmann, Vice-President of Public Relations PM Shift


Anna Paris Wilson, Social Media Liason


Mitchell Cook, Vice-President of Competitive Events AM Shift


Siya Patel, Vice-President of Competitive Events PM Shift


Shifa Jalali, Vice-President of Community Service AM Shift


Maisha Mahdia, Vice-President of Community Service PM Shift


Lydia Plaia, Treasurer AM Shift


Kaila Pruitt, Treasurer PM Shift


Iyana Bennett, Historian


Dorian Cade, Parliamentarian


Laweeza Ali, Secretary  AM Shift


Cecilia Daigle, Secretary PM Shift


Emma Johnson, Reporter