Area sophomores selected for leadership pogram

Area sophomores selected for leadership pogram
Area high school sophomores have been selected to attend the South Dakota Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar. They will join more than 125 young leaders representing as many high schools from throughout South Dakota. The seminar will be held June 7-10 in Mitchell, on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University.

Selected to attend HOBY from the Vermillion High School are Jennifer Noiva, daughter of Robert and Nancy Noiva, sponsored by the Ten Dollar Club of Vermillion, and Shannon Jepsen, daughter of Jeanne and Scott Jepsen. Students are chosen based upon demonstrated leadership and potential for continued leadership growth.

HOBY Leadership Seminars bring together a select group of high school sophomores with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, and the professions to discuss present and future issues. The goal is to provide the youths with a stimulating forum for learning about critical issues while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development.

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership was established in 1958 by the popular 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 that 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 amoung our nation's youth."

Each accredited high school in the state is asked to select at least one sophomore from their school to attend the annual seminar. Additional sophomores are allowed to attend as long as space allowed. If you are interested in volunteering at the 2007 seminar, please contact Jaquie Lonning, Leadership Seminar Chair at, 605-670-0678, questions about registering for the seminar can be directed to Jessi Norton, Director of Ambassador & School Relations at or 605-360-3721

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