Mikayla Raffone will be a senior for the 2018-2019 school year at East Haven High School. She is currently serving as your CT HOSA President for 2018-2019. Mikayla has been actively involved in HOSA since the beginning of her sophomore year. Since she has been in HOSA, Mikayla competed in the CPR/FA competition in the 2017 Spring State Leadership Conference (SLC) and placed 2nd. She also attended the 2017 HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Orlando, Florida, as well as the Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) in Washington D.C., and competed in the 2018 Spring State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Public Health and received first place with her partner. She also plans on competing at the HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Dallas, Texas in June 2018.
Mikayla’s career goal is to start as a Registered Nurse (RN) and then pursue a higher certification in nursing. She loves helping people and knowing that she is making someone’s day just a little brighter. Mikayla is currently a member of the East Haven tennis team, softball team, and a member of the National Honor Society. She spends her free time with her friends and family.
Syed Ali will be a junior for the 2018-2019 school year at The Academy of Science and Innovation in New Britain. He is serving as your current President-Elect for 2018-2019. He has been actively involved in HOSA since the beginning of his freshman year. He has participated with his HOSA Chapter in many school activities such as fundraisers, open houses, and even blood drives. He wishes to spread awareness about HOSA-Future Health Professionals. He competed in Medical Spelling at the 2018 Spring State Leadership Conference and took 2nd place.
Syed's career goal is to become either an anesthesiologist or a neurologist. He loves traveling and visiting new places while documenting it all with his camera. He attends a Jumpstart Doctors' Academy sponsored by Aetna at UConn Medical School. He is also a part of his local Neighborhood Revitalization Zone and works closely with the local police department on community projects. In his free time he likes to play tennis, badminton, and go biking.
State Secretary and Vice President of Communications
Chéree Wright will be a senior at Stratford High School for the 2018-2019 school year. She has served as your 2017-2018 State Secretary and VP of Communications, and is now serving again in the same capacity for the 2018-2019 year for CT HOSA. She has been involved in HOSA since her sophomore year. Since joining, Chéree has participated in both the fall and spring State Leadership Conferences (SLC), and received 3rd place for her motivational speech (Prepared Speaking). She also went on to attend the 2017 HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Orlando, Florida at Disney World!
Chéree’s career goal is to become a Pediatrician or OB-GYN and eventually branch off into the field of Psychology. She plays basketball for her school, works for the recreational department of her town, and currently serves as co-chair for the Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families, where they focus on the youth of the community and how they can configure new ways to engage them all with a common purpose. She was recognized by US Senator Christopher Murphy for her accomplishments. She is a member of several honor societies and is a member of the Be Kind Club. Chéree plays piano, sings, and overall loves music. She is also very involved in the youth ministry at her church. Her name means "love," which is one of the many qualities she exudes. She is a hard-worker, dedicated, and outgoing.
State Treasurer and Vice President of Development
Nishwa Nawaz will be a senior for the 2018-2019 school year at Chase Collegiate High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. She will be serving as your State Treasurer, Vice President of Development for next year. She established a local HOSA chapter at her school this year and continues spreading awareness for HOSA, in hope of growing the member population. She was able to attend both the Fall State Leadership Conference and the Spring State Leadership Conference this past year and looks forward to the upcoming conferences. She is part of the National Society of High School Scholars and part of many other honor societies.
Nishwa’s goal is to become a surgical oncologist. This past summer she had the opportunity to shadow different doctors and volunteer at a hospital. In her free time, Nishwa enjoys listening to music, playing tennis, swimming and spending time with family and friends. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures all around the world. Nishwa competed in the Medical Terminology competition this year. She loves being a part of her community and enjoys helping to give back to her community in any way that she can.
Historian/Reporter, and Vice President of Community Development
Samantha Marie Incerto currently attends East Haven High School and will be a senior for the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently serving as your CT HOSA Historian/Reporter, Vice President of Community Development. She has been a hard working, dedicated, and contributing member since joining the State Officer Team. Samantha has been an extremely involved Secretary of her local HOSA Chapter since her sophomore year. She has attended both the Fall State Leadership Conferences (SLC) and the Spring State Leadership Conferences (SLC) since 2016. Samantha plans on competing in the International Leadership Conference (ILC), after she and her partner competed at the Spring Leadership Conference and placed 3rd. Samantha also plans on spreading the word of HOSA and trying to get more students involved, helping them get a jump start on their future.
Samantha aspires to an Anesthesiologist. Apart from her life as HOSA Historian, she is a cheerleader at her high school. Being a part of a large cheerleading team since she was age 5 years old, has allowed Samantha to grow as a person. It has allowed her to bring new people in with open arms, love and compassion, which is a quality that a HOSA officer should uphold while meeting so many new students. In her free time she likes to take advantage and spend that time with her family and friends. Samantha is the official cheerleader for CT HOSA bringing love and cheer to all.