Two MMI Preparatory School students are attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership World Leadership Congress in Chicago this week.
Luke Yamulla and Victoria Kline, both rising juniors, were selected to represent this region of Pennsylvania at the annual international youth leadership event. They were chosen from a field of 244 ambassadors at the Central PA HOBY Leadership Forum, held in May at Shippensburg University.
Two students, one male and one female, are selected from each regional forum to attend the WLC. They receive a full scholarship to attend, which includes the cost of their travel to Chicago.
Yamulla is the son of Robert and Ann Yamulla of Sugarloaf. Kline is the daughter of John and June Kline of Mountaintop.
Held annually in July, the HOBY World Leadership Congress (WLC) is an opportunity to interact with youth from all over the United States and the world. This program is available exclusively to HOBY alumni the summer following their local seminar. The WLC program includes coming face-to-face with today’s top leaders in business, government, medicine, education, philanthropy, and much more. WLC students learn to think globally and critically, enhance their leadership skills, and meet students who share a desire to lead and make their schools, communities and countries better places. More than 400 students from the United States and abroad take part in the conference.
Dana Jolley, Yamulla’s associate facilitator, said, “Luke embraced the true spirit of HOBY. He strived to fully understand the message of leadership and positivity presented to the ambassadors during the seminar. His attitude is one that will inspire others and spread the message of HOBY to many.”
Lori Hissick, Kline’s associate facilitator and a 2010 HOBY alumna, said, “When choosing members to represent our group for WLC, we looked at a few different aspects. We chose Victoria for her active participation and for her willingness to participate throughout the seminar. Over just three and a half short days, we were able to watch her grow immensely as a leader. Victoria was always ready to answer questions, engaged in group discussions, and helped her other group mates to open up and speak their opinions as well.”
HOBY, founded in 1958, seeks to inspire and develop a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools with the ability to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. Approximately 9,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually in all 50 states and the program has more than 375,000 alumni.
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