Before November 2006, only rising high school seniors and rising college freshmen could run for a state officer position with North Carolina HOSA. In October, NYRA Vice President Adam King provided compelling reasons for why rising juniors should be allowed to run for office. (The election is in March, and the term doesn’t start until May. Therefore, a rising junior would only be a sophomore for one month before he becomes a junior. Also, there may be many qualified rising juniors who would make great officers, but they would still not be allowed to run.) King received word a few days ago that the board of directors has agreed with his concerns that rising juniors should be able to run for office. That is great news!