From left are Spalding High School sophomores Hannah Owens, Linda Padilla and Miles Stansberry.

Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) sophomores Miles Stansberry, Hannah Owens and Linda Padilla were selected to represent Spalding High School (SHS) at the Hugh O’ Brian Youth (HOBY) State Leadership Seminar at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta in June 2022.

Students were nominated by their teachers because of their outstanding academic achievements, community service, extracurricular activities and leadership potential. Nominees then participated in an in-person interview to determine the three representatives.

Other SHS sophomore nominees included Maxx Royer, Maya Eurich, Michael Purmort, Davion Mallory, Madison Johnson and Florence Pham.

Judges for the interviews were City of Griffin Police Department Captain Homer Daniel, Caterpillar Electric Power Solutions Engineer Terry Hamrick and Norcom Inc. CEO Hal Rahn.

SHS Counselor and HOBY Coordinator Dawn Burke stated, “I was thrilled to see our community judges recognize the amazing leadership potential in our students. I am proud and excited to see what these students will accomplish.”

The annual HOBY Leadership seminar brings over 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country to participate in one of HOBY’s 70-plus State and Virtual Leadership Seminars to develop their leadership skills and learn how to apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. The program is endorsed by The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc (GFWC), Rotary International, Optimist International and Kiwanis Clubs. The program was first organized and founded by actor Hugh O’ Brian and is a worldwide youth leadership effort today.

The HOBY mission is to inspire and prepare future leaders for a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY empowers young people to dream big, make an impact and change the world. The leadership program is designed to educate, motivate and activate students, giving them the tools, they need to turn their ideas into action and reach their goals. Each program adheres to the five core HOBY values-Volunteerism, Integrity, Excellence, Diversity and Community Partnership.