Granbury High School students Kiersten Mathis and Brennan Ross attended the North Texas seminar of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program on June 12-15, 2014, on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington.
Hugh O’Brian, who portrayed legendary lawman Wyatt Earp in a 1950’s television series, started the leadership program in 1958 following a visit with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. After nine days of working alongside Schweitzer in a medical clinic without electricity and running water in the African jungle, O’Brian received a charge from the humanitarian: to help teach young people to think for themselves.
Each year, nearly nine thousand high school sophomores attend regional HOBY conferences that motivate and empower the students to make a positive difference within the global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership.
Known as HOBY's flagship program, the leadership seminar is designed for high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace, and community. The high level of energy, encouragement, and motivation as well as the interaction with peers, panelists, and volunteers are important elements in nurturing the students' future leadership roles. In addition, students participate in hands-on leadership activities and meet state leaders in such as areas as business, government, education, media, and the non-profit sector.
Mathis and Ross will both be juniors at GHS next school year. The seminar registration for the two students was sponsored by the Granbury Optimist Club.
Pictured above are Mathis (left) and Ross (center) after speaking to the Optimist Club on June 17. Also pictured is Optimist president Tad Timmons (right).