To keep everything organized, HOSA has assigned the members to five different houses named after scientists, Curie, Franklin, Blackwell, Elliot and Barton. They use these houses to expose everyone to medical history while also feeling more enjoyable. To keep it entertaining, they use point systems by having questions of the week and monthly challenges. The house that earns the most cumulative points will get a prize at the end of the year.
“One of them is the question of the week,” treasurer Hillary Xu said. “We have a science or medical based question every week, and if they answer it correctly they get points. You can also earn points through our monthly house challenges, for example, writing letters to healthcare workers.”
Students are placed into houses randomly and each house has around 33-35 members. The houses have two student leaders who keep their house members in check.
“They’re like the managers,” Xu said. “They honestly keep the club running. They manage the members, make sure that everyone’s participating, they communicate with each other. We couldn’t do it without them.”