WHS sophomore Jessica Buie will have the opportunity to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership conference this June, thanks to a generous donation made personally by Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson.
Wilson, a 1989 graduate of Waxahachie High School, became involved with the HOBY Youth Leadership Program after first hearing about it during a presentation at the Waxahachie Noon Lions Club, of which he is a member.
The Hugh O’Brian leadership program was founded in 1958 by Hugh O’Brian and serves as a leadership development tool for our nation’s youth.
Legendary actor O’Brian is best known for his 1955-1961 role on the ABC hit show “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” where he played the starring role.
The mission of the HOBY program is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that allow for positive changes in the home, school, workplace and community.
Students are selected by their schools for participation and attend an annual conference where leadership training, service-learning, and motivation building sessions are taught.
More than 9,000 students participate in one of the nationwide conferences held each year and more than 375,000 students have participated in the leadership program since its inception.
Jessica Buie is the daughter of Jill and Buster Buie. She is involved in Interact Club, Student Council, Future Farmers of America, the WHS Swim Team, is a member of the WHS Yearbook team, and writes for “The Arrow,” the WHS newspaper.
Upon hearing she was selected to receive the HOBY Scholarship from Wilson, Buie expressed her excitement. “I am excited to bring the leadership skills I will learn from HOBY back to my community,” Buie said.
The belief in the HOBY leadership program runs in the family as Wilson and his wife Becky, executive vice president of Vintage Bank, both support the program.
Becky introduced the program to Vintage Bank a few years ago and, since that time, Vintage has sponsored a student each year to attend the program.
This is the second year for Wilson to personally sponsor a student at Waxahachie High School.
“I am pleased that Waxahachie will have two representatives at the HOBY Leadership Seminar next spring,” Wilson said. “Many programs are designed to assist young people in achieving the bare minimum, but the HOBY program is geared toward helping young men and women achieve far more than the minimum. By exposing students to current community leaders from both the private and public sector, the HOBY program inspires those students to become leaders in their own right. And that is great for our future.”
The three day leadership seminar that Buie will attend will be next June at the University of Texas at Arlington.
“We are sincerely appreciative of the efforts that Patrick has taken to invest in our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Thomas J. Collins. “We are fortunate to have alumnus who continue to give back to Waxahachie ISD. Our community is what makes our school district a great place.”
For more information on the HOBY Leadership program, visit them online at www.hoby.org