HOBY award goes to Sve­bek

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - From Staff Re­ports

Siloam Springs High School stu­dent Christo­pher Lee Sve­bek was se­lected to re­ceive the 20182019 Hugh O’Brian Youth Lead­er­ship Award (HOBY ).

Sve­bek will rep­re­sent the high school at the HOBY Lead­er­ship Sem­i­nar on the cam­pus of Arkansas Tech Univer­sity June 6-9, 2019. He is the son of Carl Sve­bek and Kelly Sve­bek.

HOBY Lead­er­ship was es­tab­lished in 1958 by the pop­u­lar ac­tor Hugh O’Brian fol­low­ing a visit to Africa where he was in­spired by a meet­ing with Dr. Al­bert Sch­weitzer.

“One of the things Sch­weitzer said to me was that the most im­por­tant thing in ed­u­ca­tion was to teach young peo­ple to think for them­selves,” O’Brian said. “From that in­spi­ra­tion, and with the sup­port of oth­ers who be­lieve in youth and the Amer­i­can dream, I started HOBY to seek out, rec­og­nize, and de­velop out­stand­ing lead­er­ship po­ten­tial among our na­tion’s youth.”

HOBY Lead­er­ship Sem­i­nars bring to­gether a se­lect group of high school sopho­mores from pub­lic and pri­vate high schools to in­ter­act with groups of dis­tin­guished leaders in busi­ness, govern­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and the pro­fes­sions to dis­cuss present and fu­ture is­sues. The goal is to pro­vide the youths a stim­u­lat­ing fo­rum for learn­ing about crit­i­cal is­sues while broad­en­ing their un­der­stand­ing of their lead­er­ship po­ten­tial. HOBY Am­bas­sadors learn how to think rather than what to think.

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Christo­pher Sve­bek was re­cently se­lected to re­ceive the 2018-2019 Hugh O’Brien Lead­er­ship Award (HOBY). He will rep­re­sent the Siloam Springs High School at the HOBY Lead­er­ship Sem­i­nar on cam­pus of Arkansas Tech Univer­sity June 6-9, 2019.

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