By having online submission and early digital scoring, we have been able to allow more students the opportunity to compete in person at state as it cuts down the time judges need to score those supplemental materials and spend more time with the actual students presenting. We have set a membership record of 600 this year and have more students competing at state than before.
The push for online submission for many of the soft skills and some of the videos is a National HOSA move as are the directions/rules that come for creating and labeling videos and supplemental materials. The list for what is required for each event can be found both in the short sheets.
Many directions/rules ask for the documents to be put together as a single pdf to make it easier to locate and share files with our judges. If you are using google docs or word, you can save files as a pdf when you download. If you need to merge files into a single document you could use a scanner to scan them as a single document or there are websites like pdftogo that allow you to merge separate documents into one.
The following is the list of events that have supplemental materials (this is different than the skill videos) due by March 15, 2024:
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Job Seeking Skills
- Interviewing Skills
- Health Career Photography
- Researched Persuasive Speaking and Writing
- Community Awareness
- Health Education
- Public Service Announcement
- Clinical Specialty
- Mental Health Promotion
NEW this year: all uploads (video and supplemental materials) will be uploaded to National HOSA’ s new system. There are two ways to do this:
1.) If advisor’s used student emails when registering members, students can create and account with that email with HATS (HOSA Activity Tracking System) Student’s with an email address at registration, may also get an email from HOSA with a private upload link unique to that student and may receive reminders about uploading.
2.) If advisors were not able to use student emails, advisors will need to log-in and member’s their unique upload link.
All of these directions with video tutorials and handouts can be found at https://hosa.org/competitive-event-digital-uploads/
It is the competitor’s responsibility to check the Montana Short Sheet Guidelines for what files to submit and in what format. For example, some events require the materials to be compressed into one document. Documents should all be pdf files.
If your file is too big to upload, you may submit a link to a cloud based service such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. but it is the competitor’s responsibility to make sure the share settings will allow Montana HOSA to view. These files will being going immediately out to judges so there is a fast turn around time, and if we cannot access files, we cannot get you scored.
Please be sure to label the files correctly, so that we can do a quick turn around of getting these to our judges early to score before state. As always, if you can share the link to yourself from a different account to double check the share settings in advance- that will also be helpful!