Cleburne High School senior pharmacology student Hayley Harminson will be competing Friday at the Health Occupations Students of America State Leadership Conference—showcasing her skills in photography.
Harminson enters her event as a Regional bronze medalist in Health Career Photography. She is a veteran competitor in HOSA, and this particular skills event. She also serves as the president of the Cleburne HS chapter of the national student organization which focuses on developing future leaders for the health care industry.
“This event is a lot of fun,” Harminson said. “I get to shadow health care professionals and see how they work, what they do. I have had some cool experiences and have met some great people.”
Harminson’s medal-winning entry features her photographic talents involving three subject areas of health care, including orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brad Harmon, obstetrics and a hospital transport technician.
“Everyone was really nice and wanted to help me with my entry,” Harminson said. “Our HOSA students served as the victims during an emergency preparedness drill at Texas Health Resources in September and I was the student photographer for that. The photo of a transport technician is from that experience.”
Jodi Thomas, who has Harminson in her Pharmacy Tech program, said the CHS senior was very deserving of her achievement as a HOSA state qualifier.
“Hayley worked very hard to get great pictures this year,” Thomas said. “Her entry is of the quality you see at the state level. She is very deserving of continuing on in the competition.”
Harminson said she is pleased with the level of work she has submitted, in both her photos and the required essay providing information on her subjects and their roles in the health care field. She will also make a three-minute presentation to judges, providing the details of her entry.
“My goal was to make it to state in HOSA,” she said. “I also wanted to be the president of our HOSA chapter this year and decided as a junior that I would run for office. I was very inspired by last year’s president, Miranda Maes. I came to CHS as a sophomore and got involved in HOSA as a junior. I wanted to make people feel welcome and involved in HOSA, just like Miranda did.”
Harminson enjoys photography and uses her grandfather’s camera. When she’s not “on assignment” for HOSA, she likes to take pictures of the great outdoors—and horses.
“I would like to get my own camera,” she said. “Photography is becoming more and more of an interest, and a passion.”
Inspired by her grandmother and mother, who are both nurses, Harminson is interested in becoming an emergency room physician.
“My mother, who put herself through nursing school, works in the ER,” Harminson said. “Growing up, I loved her stories about her work—and I also liked watching all those ER shows on television. I want to help people, to be the first person they see, and to help patch them up before sending them on for more thorough treatment.”
Harminson will be attending the University of North Texas following graduation. In addition to her participation in HOSA, she serves as a volunteer in the nursery at New Heart Church.
Cleburne High School senior Hayley Harminson photographs a Pharmacy Tech classmate at work on an assignment. Harminson will be competing Friday in the Health Career Photography skills event at the Health Occupations Students of America state leadership conference taking place in Dallas. She was the bronze medalist in the event at the HOSA Regional contest.