Each year, Middleburgh Central School District sends one sophomore to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY.) This year, teachers selected Sophia Patino to attend the May 31-June 2 event at the University of Albany. The seminar encourages students to look inward, examine implicit bias and see their leadership potential.
Patino is looking forward to the opportunity.
“It’s a little out of my comfort zone, but probably a big step in any career I may pursue or any direction I go in life,” Patino said.
Patino realizes the benefit of expanding her worldview.
“This experience is important because you get to see new outlooks and perspectives,” said Patino. “I’m always looking to see other people’s perspectives, even globally. It will be nice to hear other people’s perspectives on local and bigger issues.”
When she attends the HOBY, she will be immersed in a group of about 200 students from Eastern NY, all there to explore their talents and develop their leadership potential.
Guidance counselor Paul Pierce says Patino is an excellent choice to represent Middleburgh.
She has exemplary leadership abilities,” said Pierce. “Sophia gets along well with her peers and our faculty. She’s highly motivated academically, and is a leader in the classroom.