SPRING VALLEY — Sophomore Perla Andana is the 2017-18 recipient of Hall High School’s Hugh O’Brian Award.
Andana will attend a state leadership seminar this summer with other HOBY award winners from around the state. HOBY stands for Hugh O’Brian Youth Association. The mission of the association is to seek, recognize and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores. The expected outcomes of the seminar are for students attending to learn to better think critically; to enhance their leadership skills; to learn more about democracy, free enterprise, and volunteerism; and to accept the risks of leadership.
Throughout the three-day seminar, Andana will interact with leaders in media, politics and business in Illinois. HOBY representatives also will have the chance to speak with various representatives from various colleges.
Andana is the daughter of Maria Miramontes and Jesús J. Andana from Bureau Junction. She has been active in Science Club and Student Council. While she volunteers often at school, she also volunteers at her church teaching CCD and teaching children Mexican folk dances.
Andana was selected by faculty and peers. The top names of nominees are then presented to the sophomore class to vote. The faculty and students vote according to the following criteria: outstanding written/oral communication skills, critical and/or creative thinking, creative problem-solving, strong decision making skills, sensitivity to the needs of others, charismatic personality, courage to speak out for one’s beliefs, courage to challenge authority and community service. The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program began in 1958 inspired by conversations with Dr. Albert Schweitzer.