Sophomores Peyton Benbrook and Jada McKnight to Represent MHSN at HOBY Conference


Jada McKnight and Peyton Benbrook pose for a picture after learning they were selected to represent North at the annual HOBY Conference.

The Lion's Roar Staff

Sophomores Peyton Benbrook and Jada McKnight have been selected to represent Middletown High School North at the annual HOBY Conference in June.  Interviews took place on Wednesday, November 20 and a picture of the chosen representatives was posted on Twitter Thursday morning.

According to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership website, “Each spring, 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country join one of HOBY’s 70 State Leadership Seminars to hone their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community.”  HOBY was founded in 1958 with the mission of inspiring teens to dedicate their lives to leadership and service. Originally, the conferences took place in Los Angeles and were only open to students who lived in California. As a result of the success of the program, the seminars expanded to many major cities across the US where they continued to be held annually.

For a student to be considered, nominations needed to be submitted by more than one faculty member.  Nominees were required to submit typed resumes which were due on November 13. All nominees were then interviewed in the main office conference room.  Students were required to dress in formalwear on interview day. During interviews, students were asked questions ranging from whose lives they impacted the most to why they felt they were the best candidates for the award.

When asked about how she feels to have been selected to attend the HOBY Conference, Peyton Benbrook said, “I am honored to have been selected to represent MHSN at the Hoby Conference.  I hope to set a positive example for my peers.”

The Lion’s Roar also interviewed Jada McKnight.  “I feel honored to be Middletown High School North’s HOBY representative for the 2020 seminar…My nomination will be utilized in order to not only bring our ideas into the world, but also to encourage others from around the world to invest back into our community,” she stated.

Congratulations to Peyton and Jada!  Middletown North will undoubtedly be well-represented at this year’s HOBY Conference.