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Peter Sanin ’25 Elected 2024-2025 Michigan HOSA President

From Thursday, April 18, until Saturday, April 20, Catholic Central’s HOSA – Future Health Professional’s group traveled to Traverse City for the State Leadership Conference, where Peter Sanin ’25 was elected the 2024-2025 Michigan HOSA President.  

HOSA is a student organization that provides opportunities to enhance the skills, knowledge, and leadership development of students interested in the health care field through speakers, field trips, service projects, and competitions.  

Sanin, who has been a HOSA member since his freshman year, ran for Region 8 Officer, but ended up being elected President.  

“This is a HUGE deal. Peter was essentially running against approximately 27 other students and beat them all and is now President for the entire state of Michigan, which contains nine different regions and about 7,600 students,” stated Caitlin O’Connell, HOSA Moderator and Science Department Chair.  

We spoke with Sanin about what it means to be elected the HOSA President, the work he put into earning this achievement, and some of the other notable accomplishments he has had here at Catholic Central.  

“I joined HOSA at the start of my freshman year and became a HOSA Officer for CC at the beginning of this year, my junior year. As of last Saturday, I have been the President of Michigan HOSA. During my sophomore year, Carson Wyrybkowski ’25 and I took first place in the region for Forensic Science, and I individually placed second in a Microbiology test at the state level,” he stated.  

“My election as President of Michigan HOSA has been the culmination of the last three years of my life. I moved to Michigan during my freshman year, and despite being part of a club hockey team outside of Michigan, HOSA was my foot in the door here,” he explained.  

“HOSA helped me meet kids with similar interests, decide my future career path, and generally made me more confident in myself. When I won first place in my highly competitive region, it was a massive perspective switch for me. At that point, I had always considered myself an athlete first and an academic second. Winning that award was proof for me that I could excel in both. That confidence persisted until regionals this year, where my partner and I didn't even qualify for states in Forensic Science. When I got the email from Mr. Mark Burley, the Director of Michigan HOSA, that I had been chosen to have an interview for HOSA State Officership, some of that confidence came back,” Sanin continued.  

“After passing the interview and being chosen as one of three candidates to go to HOSA States to run for office, I poured hours of work into what materials I'd bring, what strategies I'd use, and what my speech would look like. I rewrote my speech four separate times because I wanted to get the right message across in that I wasn't running for the sake of HOSA or for my college applications; I was running for the students in HOSA who wanted to find their place,” he stated.  

“At States, I spent basically every minute that I wasn't sleeping at the Grand Traverse campaigning. The speeches came and went, I aced an interview with the current State Officer Team, and the election passed by with a breeze. It wasn't until I was on the stage getting sworn in that it fully hit me what was going on. I was a California native being sworn into the Michigan HOSA State Officer Cabinet at the State Leadership Conference, which I had failed to qualify for earlier in the year. All this to say that winning the election, let alone being voted as president, was the culmination of three years and a weekend of hard work,” he concluded.  

In addition to being a Club Officer for HOSA, Sanin is the President of the MUN club, a member of the Varsity Hockey Team, and an actor in the CC Spring Production of Our Town (shows on April 26 and 27). He also speaks fluent Russian.  

“Besides Hockey, HOSA, and MUN, which takes up a lot of time, even outside of school, I like to keep up with robotics because some of the most important people around me are very invested in robotics,” he stated.  

After graduating from Catholic Central, Sanin plans to follow a pre-medicine path in college. His dream school is the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 

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