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Sparta High School Students to Attend HOBY Conference

Jennifer Dericks

Sunday, November 24, 2013 • 12:00am

SPARTA, NJ- Sophomore Melissa Terhune has been chosen to represent Sparta High School at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar.  Sean Schoch has also been selected as the alternate to this prestigious program. 

Terhune and Schoch were selected to attend the leadership conference through an application process that included and essay and summary of the students' activities outside of the classroom.  The guidance department reviewed more than 20 applications looking specifically for qualities that include student leadership and volunteerism in the community.  

The HOBY seminars are offered in  every state and the District of Columbia.  In New Jersey they will be meeting at Monmouth University in June.  At the seminar the students will be participating in "hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state and export their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community," according to the HOBY organization.  Further, the "curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership and Leadership for society."

 

Community service takes up much of Terhune's free time.  Through the Girl Scouts she has done work with the local food pantry, hosted Cupcake Wars, put together  Birthday in a Box, collected items for Habitat for Humanity and made blankets for children suffering from cancer.  Through her church Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church she co-sponsored Buck-A-Chick.  As a Youth Group Leader she has volunteered at Dover soup kitchen, Project Self-Sufficiency and Vacation Bible School.  She also received numerous recognitions as a student at Sparta Middle School.  Currently she volunteers her time as a member of Pass it Alone, doing various service projects.

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