Six MPA students were among a select group of rising juniors chosen for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY), one of the nation’s premiere leadership conferences.

Annabella, Karen, Diego, Grant, and Justin participated in the HOBY Illinois North leadership conference at Loyola University Chicago from June 7-9, while Varun also was selected but was unable to attend.

HOBY seminars bring students together across different backgrounds, cultures, and communities, and help students discover a newfound sense of awareness, confidence, connection, and purpose.

MPA students participated in facilitated dialogue and abilities-based workshops to develop awareness of their leadership strengths and an understanding of their leadership values. Through these dynamic activities with their peers, they honed their skills and learned to recognize, amplify, and collaborate with the diverse strengths of others.

“I learned a lot about how to be a leader while also being myself,” Diego said. “At HOBY, I got to test my leadership abilities and make long-term friendships. I also learned a lot about myself and my own leadership style, which I think will help me in bettering my own communities and social groups.”

Justin said that his experience at the conference was about finding his own style of leadership and becoming more collaborative.

“Anyone can be a leader,” he said, “no matter your skills or weaknesses.”

These 2024 participants are the latest of many students that Morgan Park Academy has had selected for HOBY conferences in recent years.

“We are tremendously proud of these students for being chosen as HOBY ambassadors,” MPA college counselor Em Joseph said. “A core part of our school mission is preparing global leaders to make a positive difference in the world, and participating in a HOBY seminar helps unlock that for students.

“I’ve also found that when a college admission office sees a student participating in HOBY, it’s a huge deal in the application review process. This will have a big impact for our students.”

Nice job, Warriors!