SIDNEY — Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference. This year, Christian Academy School’s HOBY Ambassador is Alexandria Baughman.
Baughman, the daughter of Robert and Kristina Baughman of Piqua, was selected for this honor based on the paper submitted by her answering questions pertaining to her leadership skills and why attending HOBY would help her.
Baugman is being sponsored by the Sidney Kiwanis Club. She will attend the HOBY Conference on June 15-18, at Urbana University, where she will participate in seminars and meet with leaders in the fields of education, government, and the professions to discuss present and future issues.
This year’s theme is “Rise up! Long May His Story Be Told.” The message is twofold. First, “Rise up” – you can achieve anything you set your minds too, believe in yourself and you will be able to achieve anything. Secondly, “Long May His Story Be Told,” is a remembrance of founder Hugh O’Brian, who passed away in September of last year.
Motion picture and TV star Hugh O’Brian mastered his craft across the entire spectrum of show business. But with all his success, he never lost sight of his civic and philanthropic responsibilities that his chosen field offers to those who choose to use their popularity to motivate others for a worthy cause. He reinvested his good fortune in many ways to help others, working tirelessly to develop projects to benefit young people.
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership was organized in 1958 to seek out, recognize, and develop leadership potential in high school sophomores.