Biography: Lark Jason Morin Canico

Born in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte in the Philippines, Lark migrated to the United States when he was six years old. He is still fluent in Tagalog and is currently learning the dialect, Cebuano, from his hometown. Growing up on the island of Maui, Lark was surrounded with the greatest love and support from his parents, Larry and Jane Canico, relatives, friends, and his strong relationship with God which keeps him going.

Attending Lahainaluna High School, Lark was involved in various extra-curriculum activities such as band. He played the baritone, percussion, was part of the Color Guard brigade, until his promotion to the Marching Band Drum Major in his senior year. In 2010, his journey with HOSA-Future Health Professionals began. He spent the first two years in HOSA competing in Medical Terminology as an introductory to the organization until his third year, he began to take interest in other events. Lark captured top three in the Public Service Announcement event in the Regional and State level, leaving him a victorious senior year in high school.

Admitted to the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2013, Lark continued his journey with HOSA. In 2014, he pursued in the Public Service Announcement event leading another victory at the State conference and taking silver at the National Level in Orlando, Florida. In 2015, Lark strikes gold at the State and National level, leading up to his retirement in the Public Service Announcement event after three years. Through his victories, experiences, and for the love of the organization, he took on the local office as the President for HOSA at UH Hilo from 2014-2016. Between the two-year period, Lark served as a National Voting Delegate, awarded as the Hawaii HOSA Ambassador, increased his chapter’s membership by 90%, and coordinated the 1st Hawaii Island HOSA Regional Conference in 2016 leading up to the second Regional Conference in 2017. At that point, Lark was ready to take on state office and was elected as the Hawaii HOSA State Postsecondary Collegiate Vice President on February 24, 2017. Lark is also the President of the UH Hilo Filipino Studies Program, catering to over 100 students and the community in the promotion of the Filipino culture.

Now holding a state office position, Lark is determined to increase membership and productivity in the Hawaii Island and initiate collaborative projects between postsecondary HOSA chapters across the State of Hawaii. Though Lark is not pursuing a career in healthcare, he continues to stay in HOSA as a strong advocate of the organization’s mission statement and with the desire to helping other students exceed. “The time I am investing in HOSA is an investment for the community as we are building future leaders of tomorrow.” Lark is currently a senior at UH Hilo earning a Baccalaureate in Arts in Communication degree. He has an interest in attending graduate school and one day earning an EdD (Doctorates in Education) degree.