HOOSICK FALLS — Sophomore Hoosick Falls Center School student Guy Milliman will represent his school at next year's HOBY state leadership seminar.
HOBY, the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Foundation, hosts weekend seminars for high school sophomores across the country each spring. The students are chosen by their high schools for their leadership abilities. Last year's representative from HFCS was Elizabeth Ryan. The New York - East seminar will be held at the State University of New York Oneonta from June 3 through June 5.
"HOBY's flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar is designed to help high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community," reads a description of the program at hoby.org, the organization's website, "The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society. Selected students attend our three- or four-day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.
"This will put me in a better place to help others, and to lead others, especially by example," said Milliman, who has volunteered with numerous groups in the community, including the Ed Carknard Golf Scramble, which benefits the EC Fund for the Town of Hoosick Youth Sports, and a spaghetti dinner to benefit Nick Colaneri, a Hoosick Falls Police Officer battling cancer. "I'm representing Hoosick Falls at this leadership conference, and it's an honor," he said, before adding, "this will help me stand out more when I apply for college."
"Guy is a respectful and kind student with great leadership potential," said Jessica Balch, the school's college and career counselor, "an ideal ambassador to send to the annual HOBY Leadership Seminar!"
HOBY was founded in 1958 by actor Hugh O'Brien. The organization's mission is, "to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation."