Hettinger high school student Miami Pekas is someone who consistently volunteers her time to the community and involves herself in extracurricular activities. This week, she achieved new heights by being elected North Dakota state historian for the Future Health Professionals (HOSA) organization.
Pekas left her footprint in Hettinger history as the first person from Hettinger to ever be elected into a state officer position for the HOSA organization.
She described HOSA as an organization that exposes and encourages youth to pursue the medical field.
“It’s very similar to FFA,” said Pekas. “FFA is for students involved in agriculture. HOSA is for students involved in the health field.“
Pekas is one of four North Dakota state student officers for HOSA. As state historian, she will be in charge of HOSA’s social media pages for the entire state of North Dakota. Using Facebook and Instagram, Pekas will archive North Dakota related photos and events for the organization.
“HOSA has four student officer positions. We have president, vice president, secretary, and historian,” said Pekas, “The officers involved are based from all over the state.”
According to Pekas, applying for the position was not an easy task. To apply, Pekas had to submit an application, write essays, and give a three-minute speech at the State Leadership Conference, all while competing with seven other people who applied for the position.
Even though it was a challenge, Pekas said that North Dakota HOSA advisor Katie Shahan was the one who encouraged her to apply for the state historian position.
“She encouraged me to run for the position since I am a junior and it will be my last year. Especially because HOSA is so big in my life, I thought I should run,” said Pekas.
As state historian, Pekas is looking forward to all the traveling opportunities. In June, along with the other North Dakota HOSA state officers, she will get to travel to Orlando Florida and then to Washington D.C.
“In Florida I will go help represent the North Dakota HOSA chapter. I was originally going to go as a voting delegate for HOSA, but now I’m going for my health photography.”
After the Florida trip, Pekas will visit Washington D.C. to see the U.S capitol and tour the White House.
Looking ahead, Pekas is also elated that her officer position will set a positive example for others who might apply for similar HOSA positions in the future.
“I am the first one from Hettinger to ever be a HOSA state officer,” she said. “I hope that I get to pass down to everyone else younger than me that they, even though they are from a smaller area, still have a chance.”
As the North Dakota HOSA state historian, Pekas said that she is also excited to represent Hettinger during her travels.
According to Pekas, most of the former officers were from larger towns and cities like Fargo, Minot, and Bismarck. Pekas said that it’s always fun to let people know where she is from.
Pekas continued, “I want to show them that a small little town can make an impact.”