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FHS Teacher Wins National Award

Fraser High School Health Sciences Teacher Marti VanEenenaam-Iwanicki is passionate about health careers and helping students. In addition to teaching a full schedule, she is the advisor for the FHS chapter of HOSA – Future Health Professionals. And recently she was named one of three national winners of the Goodheart-Willcox Outstanding Service Award.

The award is given annually to a chapter advisor who has “made outstanding contributions of local, regional, state and/or national significance to the promotion, development, and progress of HOSA–Future Health Professionals,” according to the HOSA website.

Each state nominated one chapter advisor for the award. Mrs. Van-I knew she was nominated and had made the cut as a regional finalist. But she didn’t know she won until she was at the awards ceremony at the International Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“I didn’t know I was to be honored until about 10 minutes prior to the Recognition Awards ceremony when Nancy Allen, from National HOSA, told me I had a seat up front with the VIPs,” she said. “My students are often on stage for awards at the ILC…it was fun for me to have the chance this year. In fact, our HOSA delegation did not know anything about it until I was there on stage.”

Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher sponsors the award, and the winners receive a cash award of $2,000. Winners are selected based on five criteria:

  • Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective HOSA chapters and student involvement in the classroom and school and/or state and national organizations;
  • Exemplary HOSA accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for other HOSA advisors and members;
  • Individuals whose contributions to HOSA are worthy of the spotlight;
  • Offer strong long-range potential for professional leadership; and
  • Engage and inspire HOSA presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.  

In addition to advising the FHS chapter of HOSA, Mrs. Van-I has organized the Michigan Region 4 competition each January for many years. This event brings more than 2,500 students to FHS to compete in health-related events.

“I am very honored and humbled to be chosen for this honor, and grateful to Goodheart-Willcox Publishing for offering this opportunity for local advisors to be recognized for their hard work,” she said.