Maya Engledow took first place at the Idaho HOSA Virtual Prepared Speech competition. This is the third year running that the junior qualifies to compete at the HOSA Internationals, and the second year that she will have to present to a virtual panel. Kamiah HOSA advisor and CNA instructor Darra Snyder, the accomplishment is remarkable considering the majority of competitors are from larger schools, some of which train future health professionals exclusively.
.Engledow competed in the Prepared Speaking category which had a theme “Unlocking Your Potential.” In the recorded speech, Engledow described the challenges of living in a secluded rural community with limited opportunity. She hasn’t decided her future goals, but is certain that her experiences her will help her “unlock her potential” as she explores more of life. At this time, Engledow wants to keep life and career options open, but is focused on placing in the HOSA competitive events one more year. “I want to place four years running.”
As a freshman, Maya was part of a team that earned first place by preparing, delivering, and recording an all-student presentation regarding the dangers of vaping. As a sophomore, she took second with a prepared speech “Towards Tomorrow” describing how traveling, 4-H and extracurricular activities such as HOSA have allowed her to broaden her perspectives.
When asked about the disappointment of not experiencing travel for the International events, she replied, “Everything happens for a reason. It just makes me look forward to next year.”