Karen Sorensen attends HOBY seminar in SD Karen Sorensen recently attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Leadership/South Dakota Leadership Seminar in Sioux Falls. Karen joined 150 other young leaders representing as many high schools throughout South Dakota on June 9-11.
Representing Vermillion High School, Karen is the daughter of Mariella and James H. Sorensen. Karen's sponsors were Vermillion Civic Council and Vermillion Optimist Club.
HOBY Leadership Seminars bring together a select group of high school sophomores to interact with distinguished leaders in business, government, education and the professions to discuss present and future issues. The goal is to provide them with a stimulating forum for learning about American incentive system and the democratic process, while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development. HOBY Ambassadors are also challenged to return to their communities to perform at least 1000 hours of community service within 12 months following the Seminar.
HOBY was established by veteran actor Hugh O'Brian following a visit to Africa where he was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
"One of the things Schweitzer said to me was the most important thing in education was to teach young people to think for themselves," O'Brian said. "From that inspiration, and with the support of others who believe in youth and the American dream, I started HOBY to seek out, recognize, and develop outstanding leadership potential among our nation's youth."