Staring down at a table and nervously glancing up at the screen every time he hears a new name, West Fargo High School senior Ali Al Saegh waits for his category to be called. His eyes stick to the screen. He is unsure of the process because it is his first year competing in Health Occupation Students of America. “It’s pretty intense. You meet a lot of intelligent people,” president of HOSA Saegh said. “I got first place in medical math, second place in prepared speaking and my group got second in HOSA bowl.” HOSA is a first-year group for future health professionals.
The number 79011 would mean next to nothing to most people, but to senior Tyler Thorsteinson it is his identifier. Those five numbers are what makes him part of a family of more than 100,000, the Single Action Shooting Society (S.A.S.S.). The group is an international organization that aims to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting.
Sitting in her house in Kosovo, senior Adelina Luzha would stare out of her window for hours waiting for anything to inspire her. Luckily, that inspiration came quickly. At age 10, she began writing poetry, not even knowing if she was writing anything good. Gradually though, the words came to her more easily and before she knew it, she had written a book of poems. “I think I was 10 when I wrote my first poem,” Luzha said.
As a sophomore, a senior Nathan Reitan knew there was a difference between people who said they would succeed at a goal and people who do. Reitan, who joined Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) as a sophomore, has completed one of his high school goals this year when he was made Battalion Executive Officer. “It’s the highest [rank] that I can get since I joined sophomore year,” Reitan said.