Alabama HOBY Leadership Conference brings student leaders to Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 25 May 2011

TROY – More than 250 rising high school juniors will descend on Troy University to attend the Alabama Leadership Seminar's Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference May 27– 29.

The event marks the seventh time in the conference's 30-year history in Alabama that it will be held at the University.

Modeled after HOBY's World Leadership Congress, and part of the HOBY program, the seminar provides an opportunity to build on leadership skills already possessed by the student ambassadors. Students are nominated by their respective high schools and are chosen to attend based on emerging leadership ability, the ability to work well with others, a desire for new pursuits and a willingness to learn and share.

Students will hear from a wide variety of speakers on volunteerism, public and civic service and current events. They will also develop skits, write papers and meet with business and government leaders during the weekend.

The two main speakers are Miss Alabama Ashley Davis and Holocaust survivor Eva Neuman.

Ashley Davis, a 22-year-old from Dothan holds the title of Miss Alabama 2010. Davis' local title was Miss West Central Alabama, and she was also Miss UAB in 2009. Davis was chosen as the preliminary lifestyle and fitness winner at the Miss America pageant in 2011.

Eva Neuman was born in Czechoslovakia. Neuman will share her personal experiences during the Holocaust as an Auschwitz survivor. Neuman currently resides in the UK.

One boy and one girl representing the state of Alabama will be chosen from the seminar to attend the HOBY World Leadership Congress in Chicago, Ill. in late July.

HOBY has had more than 335,000 student ambassadors since its foundation in 1958 by actor Hugh O'Brian, most famous for his ABC Television role of Wyatt Earp.