The Duncan Banner

November 29, 2013

Moffatt elected state HOSA president

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Sam Moffatt’s senior year of high school might be a busy one, but that doesn’t keep him from taking on more responsibility.

And Moffatt’s latest round of responsibility not only put him in another leadership position, but a state leadership position to boot. Moffatt is the new state Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) president.

“It really is an honor,” Moffatt said. “I just went into the officer thing blindly. I didn’t know what to expect.”

Ten people were up for president or vice president, 10 people were up for secondary offices and five people were up for post secondary offices. Moffatt had to give a speech and recite the HOSA creed. From that, the number of candidates for president was narrowed down to two: One to be president and one to be vice president.

Although he knew he’d have a top office, Moffatt was elected as state president by his peers.

“It was one of the most exciting moments of my life,” Moffatt said.

His dream career is to be a physician. But many of the people in HOSA have similar dreams of working in health careers. He said it’s great to work with people who share comparable aspirations.

As state HOSA president, Moffatt will be responsible for more than 5,000 active members, and will plan and run the state leadership conference. He’s also slated to attend the national leadership convention in Orlando, Fla.

The organization is student-run, and it will be up to Moffatt and his fellow state officers to take charge or the organization. This amount of leadership isn’t a problem for Moffatt. He said he’s just glad to have the opportunity to bring Red River Technology Center to the attention of people from around the state.

“I’m the first person from Red River to be selected as any kind of state officer,” he said. “I want to put Red River on the map.”

Moffatt joined HOSA last year, during his junior year of high school. He entered the Biomedical Science Academy at RRTC to follow his career path.

To be elected state HOSA president is an accomplishment he won’t soon forget.

“It will open a bunch of doors for me,” Moffatt said.