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Tech Valley High School Junior Attends HOBY World Leadership Congress

450 students pose in Chicago while attending the HOBY World Leadership Congress 

Tech Valley High School Junior, Macy Hayes, poses with 450 student ambassadors at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation World Leadership Conference in Chicago.

09.01.2017

Tech Valley High School is proud to announce that Junior Macy Hayes attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation World Leadership Congress this summer at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago. HOBY's annual international youth leadership event, the WLC, is a dynamic leadership program that brings together over 450 students ambassadors from across the U.S. and around the globe for eight outstanding days of leadership, discovery, service, and fun. In this Q & A, MTech Valley High School is proud to announce that Junior Macy Hayes attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation World Leadership Congress this summer at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago. HOBY's annual international youth leadership event, the WLC, is a dynamic leadership program that brings together over 450 students ambassadors from across the U.S. and around the globe for eight outstanding days of leadership, discovery, service, and fun. In this Q & A, Macy talks about her experience at HOBY's World Leadership Congress. acy talks about her experience at HOBY's World Leadership Congress.

WHAT IS THE HOBY WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS?
Macy: The HOBY World Leadership Congress is a week-long program for teenagers from all around the world to explore their leadership potential and establish their role as global citizens. All of the ambassadors stay at Loyola University in Chicago where they attend workshops, listen to speakers from many different backgrounds, tour the city, do community service, and learn from all of the different people in attendance.
THE SELECTION AND ACCEPTANCE PROCESS IS FAIRLY RIGOROUS. WHAT DID YOU HAVE TO DO TO ATTEND HOBY WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS?
Macy: I was eligible to attend WLC because I attended a regional three day HOBY seminar, which Tech Valley sent me to, at SUNY Oneonta in early June.
WHY DID YOU WANT TO ATTEND THIS LEADERSHIP CONGRESS?
Macy: After attending the regional seminar earlier in the year, I had learned a lot about my role as a leader and met so many inspiring people in only three days. I knew that I wanted to continue my experience with the HOBY program after that seminar because I knew how motivational and fun it was. WLC wasn't only an amazing opportunity to grow as a leader, but an amazing opportunity to travel and meet new people from around the country and world as well.
HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE AT HOBY WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS IMPACT YOU? WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST TAKE AWAY FROM THE EXPERIENCE?
Macy: The HOBY World Leadership Congress empowered and inspired me to want to make a difference in my community. One night at the program, all 400 students got together and we packaged about 51,000 meals for children in Chicago in just one hour. That experience taught me that when people come together and unite to make a difference, they can accomplish amazing things.  One of my biggest take away's from the experience was the life-long friendships I made in that week with leaders from all around the US and countries such as South Korea, Argentina, France, and China. I was able to learn so much about so many different cultures around the world and make friendships with people I would never have met if I hadn't attended the conference.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CULTURE AT HOBY. HOW IS IT SIMILAR TO THE CULTURE AT TECH VALLEY?
Macy: At both HOBY and Tech Valley, students are encouraged to get involved in their communities. At Tech Valley, we have the ability to help, get involved with, and learn from people in our community through field work and all of our connections with business partners. At HOBY, students are challenged to get involved and make a difference through community service projects, team work, and leadership, which is very similar to the experience that Tech Valley students receive during all four years at the school.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD ABOUT YOUR TIME AT THE HOBY WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS?
Macy: The World Leadership Congress gave me skills and ideas that I will value for the rest of my time in school and in my career. I wouldn't have been able to go if Tech Valley hadn't given me the opportunity to attend HOBY earlier in the year!

 

 

 

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