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Montclair HOSA Takes Home Trophy at State Leadership Conference

Hundreds of HOSA members from chapters all across the state competed in various competitive and recognition events

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Montclair HOSA students with awards and medals from Conference awards
Elijah Austin, Nour Shalash and Mehjabin Begum celebrate their awards at the 2024 HOSA NJ State Leadership Conference

On Sunday, March 24th, the annual NJ Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference took place in the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton NJ. Montclair State University’s HOSA chapter had four members competing against other collegiate-level chapters, including Princeton, Rutgers, and NJIT HOSA.

Molecular Biology majors Nour Shalash and Mehjabin Begum placed 1st in Medical Assisting and 3rd in Medical Terminology, respectively. Medical Humanities major Elijah Austin placed 2nd in Medical Spelling. Placing in the top three of their categories, three members qualified to move on to the International Leadership Conference, which will be held in Houston Texas this June.

In addition to the winners, Montclair State University HOSA was awarded the first place trophy for the Standards of Excellence award (Postsecondary Division). This award recognizes HOSA chapters that are committed to fulfilling the HOSA mission of promoting career opportunities in healthcare and medicine.

This was our first year attending SLC, and I could not have been more proud of our chapter. It was a gratifying moment to see our school’s name on the winning boards alongside other NJ colleges. It was even more exciting to receive the Standards of Excellence award, especially because this is our first year as a chapter!

Mehjabin Begum, Montclair State HOSA President-Elect
Montclair students at HOSA Conference
Mehjabin Begum, Nour Shalash, Esteban Ocana and Elijah Austin celebrate their individual awards at the 2024 HOSA NJ State Leadership Conference