Killdeer students capture HOSA honors

They drew from their heart, and in the end they captured the hearts of many.


Killdeer High School students Chelsea Morlock and Keia Holding Eagle each won top honors in the North Dakota HOSA designs in separate contests.

HOSA, which stands for Health Occupation Student Association, is an organization designed to give students who want to enter the medical field a platform to experience different aspects of the field. There are about 20 students in the HOSA club at Killdeer.

Morlock won the Pin Design Contest while Holding Eagle was victorious in the T-shirts design contest.

The pin will be used at the 2017 International Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Everyone attending the State Leadership Conference in Jamestown will also receive a pin and t-shirt of the winning entries.

Morlock’s design was of a red heart with some white lacing similar to a football. She used the lacing to incorporate HOSA.

Holding Eagle won the t-shirt contest with a buffalo head wearing a stethoscope. The bottom half of the medical tool was wrapped in the shape of a heart.

Both contests were open to anybody in good standing with HOSA and had to be submitted to the state advisor by Jan. 20. All entries had to be hand-drawn, painted, colored with markers, crayons or colored pencils and submitted on an 8 1/2-inch-by-11-inch white paper. The designs were required to depict a North Dakotan theme.

All the entries were posted on the North Dakota HOSA Facebook site. Members voted on their favorites during a voting period that ended on Jan. 30.

Morlock’s was the overwhelming favorite in the pin contest. She received 83 “likes” on Facebook, outdistancing the rest of the field’s total by 27 votes. The second-highest total in the contest was 15 votes.

It was a little tighter in the t-shirt contest. Holding Eagle won with 62 “likes” on Facebook. Her main competition came from fellow Killdeer club member Taycee Butts, whose design displayed a pair of oil pumps, garnered 52 “likes.” A third competitor had 47 “likes.”

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