PERU — Sophomores Emma Borelli and Renn Ludford have been selected by the St. Bede Academy faculty and staff as the recipients of the 2019-20 HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Association) Award.
Borelli and Ludford will attend the state leadership seminar this summer at Illinois Wesleyan University with other HOBY Award winners from around the state.
The HOBY seminar is a national program exclusively for high school sophomores. The mission of HOBY is to seek out, recognize, and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores. The expected outcomes of the seminar are for students attending to learn to think critically; to enhance their leadership skills; to learn more about democracy, free enterprise, and volunteerism; and to accept the risks of leadership.
Throughout a three-day seminar, Borelli and Ludford will interact with key leaders in media, politics and business in Illinois. They will have the chance to ask these individuals questions and hear their plans for the future. They will also have the chance to speak with various representatives from different colleges. The weekend ends with a banquet and show, and the parents are invited to attend.
Borelli is the daughter of Jeff and Tina Borelli of Ladd. She attended middle school at Holy Family Catholic School in Oglesby. While at St. Bede Academy, she has been on the honor roll every quarter and semester, and has been involved in chorus, volleyball and cheerleading.
Ludford is the daughter of Dr. David and Ginger Ludford of LaSalle. She attended Waltham CCSD 185 in Utica. While at St. Bede Academy, she has been on the honor roll every quarter and semester, and has been involved in volleyball, basketball and the Interact Club.
The faculty at St. Bede Academy nominated Borelli and Ludford for this honor according to the following criteria: outstanding oral and written 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. The program has grown with sophomores attending one of the approximately 90 seminars held throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico every year.