Four Floyd County students attend Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar


Floyd County high school students Hannah DePoy, Rachel Hampton, Mollie Parsons and Lakyn Wallace were among those in attendance at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Kentucky Seminar held at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond June 10-14.

RICHMOND – Floyd County high school students Hannah DePoy (Prestonsburg), Rachel Hampton (Raven), Mollie Parsons (Allen) and Lakyn Wallace (Hueysville) recently attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Kentucky Seminar held at Eastern Kentucky University June 11-14. DePoy joined more than 230 other young high school leaders from the region.

A Prestonsburg High School student, DePoy is the daughter of Angie and Blaine DePoy.

Hampton, Parsons and Wallace all attend Allen Central High School.

Hampton is the daughter of Danita and James Hampton.

Parsons is the daughter of Regina and Keith Parsons.

Wallace is the daughter of Donetta and Mark Wallace.

Each spring, select area sophomores from public and private high schools convene at one of the 70 state leadership seminars across the country to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to becoming effective and ethical leaders. Student participants (known as HOBY Ambassadors) take part in hands-on activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.

At the end of their seminars, HOBY Ambassadors are challenged to give back by serving at least 100 volunteer hours in their communities. Students who complete the Leadership for Service (L4S) Challenge within 12 months of their seminar are eligible for the HOBY L4S Challenge Award and the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Alumni who log 4,000 hours of service receive the President’s Call to Service Award from HOBY. To date, HOBY Ambassadors have performed over 3 million hours of volunteer service in their communities.

Following a motivational meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer during a trip to Africa in 1958, Actor Hugh O’Brian was inspired to establish Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. “One of the things Dr. 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.”

For further information about HOBY programs and sponsorship opportunities, contact Ally Claire Reed at (859) 493-2048

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