Group of Novi HOSA students wearing green and white shirts.
George Sipple

Novi HOSA members competed virtually in the Region 19 HOSA Leadership Conference on Dec. 10-11.

Nine high schools competed in Region 19 across 45 different competitive events.

Students who placed top 10 in their event qualify for the State Leadership Conference, tentatively scheduled to be held in Traverse City in February.

Novi HOSA is again the largest chapter in the state with 397 members.

These members exceeded expectations at the Region 19 Leadership Conference, with 356 students placing top 10 and qualifying for the State Conference.

Novi HOSA had 34 students earn first place, 35 earn second place and 30 earn third place.

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Six students who attended State Thespian Festival.
George Sipple

Six students from the Novi High School Theatre Department were among 950 from around the state that attended the State Thespian Festival in December, 2021. 

All six Novi High students were adjudicated in Individual Events, where three judges evaluated them and gave them a rating of Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior. Our students earned the following:

Excellent for Scenic Design: Hailey Angerstein

Superior for Monologue: Nicole Watts

Superior for Group Acting: Ryan Buyers, Sabrina Costello, Brianna Johnston

Superior for Lighting Design: Khushi Gooroochurn

Superior for Stage Management: Nicole Watts

Khushi Gooroochurn was awarded one of 10 Thespian Scholarships on Saturday evening. Each year, these scholarships are given to the top Theatre Students in the state; it is the highest honor they can earn.

Nicole Watts performed in the State Showcase that happened immediately before the Closing Ceremony/Awards.

Current and Former Awkward Pause students joined forces to perform and present a workshop to both directors and students from other schools.

Awkward Pause performers at State Thespian Festival.


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By Julia Tauro, Novi HOSA

The HOSA virtual International Leadership Conference was held from June 23rd to June 26th. After hosting virtual regional and state competitions for the first time due to the global pandemic, HOSA hosted its second virtual International Leadership Conference.

At the conference, students were able to compete in exciting new virtual adaptations of traditional events. For example, skills demonstrations were transformed into virtual simulations that competitors completed live over Zoom.

Novi HOSA was represented by 46 student competitors in Health Science, Health Professions, Emergency Preparedness, Leadership, and Teamwork events.

In addition 41 Novi HOSA students chose to participate in Academic Tests (ex. Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology).

This year, 17 Novi HOSA students placed top ten internationally in their respective events. There was one team of four students who placed third in the event Creative Problem Solving.

We would like to congratulate all our participants on competing at HOSA ILC and making Novi HOSA proud! 

Health Science events

Cultural Diversities & Disparities: Sreenidhi Saripalli (top 10)
Cultural Diversities & Disparities: Netra Jayagopal (top 10)
Health Informatics: Sanjana Jettipalle (top 10)
Medical Terminology: Kevin Wang (top 10)
Pharmacology: Michelle Wu (top 10)

Health Professions events

Dental Science: Sarah Chang (top 10)

Academic Testing Center exams

ATC - Bioengineering: Wenbo Xu (top 10)
ATC - Math for Health Professionals: Shreyas Shrivastava (top 10)

Leadership events

Extemporaneous Writing: Eric Ma (top 10)

Teamwork events

Community Awareness: Kendall Baumbick, Kavya Putta, Koko Tanigawa, Alicen Liu (top 10)
Creative Problem Solving: Ritij Jutur, Rohit Saripalle, Abhishek Vangipuram, Sankalp Bejagam (3rd place)
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Brian Gordon
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The Michigan High School Coaches’ Association (MHSCA) recently announced the selection of Novi Athletic Director Brian Gordon for induction into the Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place in the Terrace Room of the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University at 1 p.m. on September 19, 2021. Tickets to attend the event will be available on June 1, 2021 on the website.  

Brian Gordon’s coaching career spans 31 years and three sports in Royal Oak. He has also served as the Athletic Director of Royal Oak (2010-2012) and Novi from (2012-present). From 1990-2010, Brian coached the  Royal Oak Kimball High School baseball team with a record of 419-221. While head coach his teams won  five league championships, four district championships, and one regional championship. During this time  Brian also coached football at Royal Oak Kimball from 1990-1996 with a JV record of 40-23, and from 1997-2002 at Royal Oak Adams Junior High with a 28-7 record. From 1992-1995 he coached 9th grade boys basketball at  Royal Oak Kimball with a record of 49-31. 

As a varsity baseball coach, Brian Gordon has been recognized multiple times for his coaching and service to sport. He has been named District Coach of the Year five times, Regional Coach of the Year two times, All Star Coach; Detroit News Metro Coach of the Year, Oakland County Coach of the Year, Royal Oak Schools Distinguished Coach, and was inducted into the MHSBCA Hall of Fame.

He has also been honored for his leadership and hard work in his position as an athletic director. He has been named the Oakland County AD of the Year, the Region 11AD of the year, received the Allen Bush Award, and the Unified Champion Schools Award (Michigan Special Olympics). 

Brian has also been active in many different sport associations throughout his career. He has served on the MHSBCA Board of Directors ten times, received the Oakland County Past President Recognition, was President of the Kensington Conference, VP of the Kensington Activities Associations, served as a Coaches Advancement Program Instructor, was a MIAAA presenter, and Sport Commissioner (KLAA, OAA). 

Brian Gordon is known for his dedication and tremendous work ethic evident in everything he does, professionally and personally. His motto throughout his career has been, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” He is highly respected in his community for his passion, enthusiasm and integrity, which have impacted many generations of student athletes and coaches. 

The MHSCA is a 66-year old association with nearly 12,000 members representing 18 sport related associa tions was founded on the campus of Central Michigan University in 1954. The Hall of Fame is located in the Student Activities Center.

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