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Proviso West Students to Represent School at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

February 14, 2014 08:45 AM
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Two Proviso West High School sophomores will attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar this summer, one thanks to the help of her English teacher.

Ashley Nash and Lizette Capili will represent Proviso West at the seminar at Loyola University in Chicago. The seminar, according to the HOBY website, will allow the students to "participate in hands-on leadership activities and meet state leaders in areas such as business, government, education, media and the non-profit sector." In addition, they will work with fellow high school sophomores from other schools in the region on developing their leadership skills.

"They can bring the skills they learn there and bring it back to whatever leadership role they have at Proviso West," said Ms. Linda Daiberl, a Proviso West guidance counselor who helped to choose which students would attend. "It’s a life-changing experience because they meet sophomores from all over the state."

To be eligible to be considered for the HOBY seminar, a student needed to write an essay on leadership, have excellent class attendance, maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average, and "be a hard worker," Ms. Daiberl said.

Ashley, a member of the Proviso West Principal’s Leadership Team, said that she viewed the HOBY seminar as a chance to show her leadership skills and expand on them.

"I wanted to learn and better myself as a leader," said Ashley, who wants to be a nurse.

Ashley was the student who was chosen to attend the HOBY seminar, with Lizette as the school’s alternate. Lizette had her admission paid thanks to the efforts of her English teacher, Ms. Holland Hernandez. Ms. Hernandez raised the money through collecting donations from her colleagues and by selling candy to students.

"I just feel that we had an option to send two, so why not?" Ms. Hernandez said.

Lizette said that she is grateful to have the opportunity to grow as a leader.

"I have a lot of people I look up to," said Lizette, who wants to be a musician. "I do a lot of listening. As a leader, you have to take in information."

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that Ashley and Lizette will learn much at the seminar.

"Part of education is growing into leaders, and Ashley and Lizette are taking the steps necessary to grow into leaders," he said. "I applaud them for their desire to learn, and I look forward to seeing them take what they learn at the HOBY seminar and apply it to leading here at Proviso West High School."
 
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