Thursday, May 31, 2018

Marian Catholic Students to Attend Leadership Conference in Chicago

Marian Catholic students chose to attend a Youth Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Two Marian Catholic sophomores represented the school at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar earlier this spring.

The school’s English department selected Nadiya Sieger and Sarah Halupa to represent the school.

At the conference, both students had a chance to learn and work with 250 fellow sophomores from across the state to take part in various leadership exercises.

“My favorite part would have to be working with those in my group,” Sieger said. “We laughed, cried, joked, and had fun together. The seminar is outstanding. You will learn so much about yourself and those around you … the seminar has been an eye-opener for me and has changed my life.” HOBY was founded in 1958. HOBY’s mission, according to its website, is to “to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation.”

Halupa, who also attended the conference in Shippensburg, is encouraging other sophomores to get involved.

“I figured that through this seminar, I could be given the support, confidence, and skills I needed to make a change in my area,” she said. “The seminar changed my life and was a life-changing experience for me.”

Out of the 250 sophomores from all over central Pennsylvania in attendance, only two were chosen to attend the world leadership conference, which will be held in Chicago. Sieger was one of the two students that were hand-picked to go.

She earned a “full scholarship” to attend the week-long trip, which means everything will be completely paid for—including airfare and hotel.

The trip is scheduled for July. “I’m very excited to go there,” she said. “My mom has always been there and she puts everyone before her. She inspired me to be a leader and I was always raised to be a leader and help other people.”