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Krystyn Harris Named HOBY Student –To Represent SHS 2022 State HOBY Seminar This Spring

Seward High Sophomore, Krystyn Harris of Seward, was selected, through written application and by a live-in person interview to be the 2022 Hugh O Brian Youth (HOBY) Leader for Seward High.  The interviews were held Friday, September 10 at the Seward United Methodist Church-across the street from Seward High.  She will represent SHS at the spring HOBY Seminar-the first week-end in June, with the location to be announced.  She is the daughter of Kirtis and Kari Harris of Seward.  First Runner-up and alternate for the HOBY Award is Rachel Kuss who is the daughter of Cindy and Brian Kuss, also of Seward.

Other student finalists participating in the interview process upon the completion of their application were Julya Metschke, Hank Hughes, Nixon Seegebarth and Layla Sugden. 

Judges for the interviews were Rotarians Jon and Bonnie Kruse, who also represented the GFWC Seward Women’s Clubs, and Dr. Louis Reith, who represented the Seward Kiwanis.  Clark Kolterman and Greg Zabka served as the hosts for the interviews and Noelle Baker coordinated the applications at the SHS Counseling office.

The annual Hugh O’ Brian (HOBY) Leadership seminar brings over 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country to participate in one of HOBY’s 70+ 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.

Locally the HOBY student is sponsored by the School District of Seward High Ability Learner Program (HAL), the Seward Rotary Club, GFWC Seward Woman’s Club, GFWC Seward Junior Women’s Club, Seward Kiwanis Club and Seward Optimist Club.

PHOTO: LR Rachel Kuss-HOBY First Runner Up and Krystyn Harris-SHS HOBY Representative for 2022.