ALLENTOWN, Pa. | A career and technical student organization, or CTSO, is a co-curricular club in which students develop leadership skills and test their technical prowess through participation in competitive events.
This year’s Lehigh Career & Technical Institute CTSO Leadership Award winner is Erin Klotz, a Parkland High School senior in our Academic Center and Health & Medical Services program. The 18-year-old Upper Macungie Township resident is a member of HOSA, one of seven CTSO’s at LCTI. HOSA is a global, student-led organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in the health industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
Lisa Greenawalt, Ed.D., LCTI’s director of curriculum and instruction, honored Erin on Tuesday (May 31, 2022) at PPL Center during the school’s Class of 2022 Senior Recognition Night. The prestigious, schoolwide award is one of seven presented at the ceremony.
This is Erin’s second consecutive year as the president of LCTI’s HOSA chapter. In that role, she took the initiative to design and sell T-shirts for a chapter fundraiser and organize a variety of community service activities. This spring, Erin competed at the PENN HOSA State Leadership Conference, earning second place in Health Career Photography. That top-3 finish earned her a berth at HOSA’s International Leadership Conference in Nashville. She’s slated to compete there next month.
Presented annually to one CTSO officer, LCTI’s Career & Technical Student Organization Leadership Award recognizes seniors who motivate their peers to meet goals that connect education achievement with career success while developing professional skills that position them for real-world leadership roles.
Erin’s Health & Medical Sciences teacher, Dr. Michaelina Greenawalt, DPT, also serves as LCTI’s HOSA advisor. She describes the teen as “a fantastic role model and support for her peers.”