GROVETON, NH -- After an application review process, Groveton High School staff have selected sophomore Sadie Kennett to attend the HOBY flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar. Founded in 1958, HOBY's mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. The seminar allows students to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.
Kennett attended a three-day LS at the end of May in Contoocook, N.H. When describing the experience, she said she wasn't "even there for a full 72 hours and we all left feeling like family." She participated in hands-on leadership activities, including raking, creating journals for hospitalized children, and assembling packages with games and letters for overseas military.
The weekend allowed her to meet leaders from around the state. Seventy-eight student ambassadors attended the LS; Kennett was one of only three from Coos County. She and the other Coos ambassadors will work with Project Play NH -- a program started in 2013 by three former HOBY ambassadors -- and will hold an sporting equipment and donations drive in Groveton and Berlin. The program provides sports equipment and funds for financially disadvantaged students. They will reach out to their schools' key clubs for added organization and planning.
Kennett reports that she networked and met a lot of interesting people and was even offered a potential internship working on a presidential campaign. She also explored her own personal leadership skills. Kennett learned about SMART goals -- those that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Her personal SMART goal is to "clean up" Stratford through road side clean ups and planting flowers around town.
"I've always known I've wanted to do great t things but now I feel more determined to do and feel like I have the tools to actually make my ideas work," said Kennett of her experience. Kennett, the daughter of Lori and Patrick Kennett, resides in North Stratford.
HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.
HOBY's flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar, allows high school sophomores to attend three- or four-day seminars. The curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.