DAHS Names Two HOBY Award Winners
Division Avenue has selected two students from an outstanding sophomore class to represent the school at the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar at Adelphi University in June 2018. HOBY's mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Students were nominated by faculty members and asked to apply for the prestigious recognition by writing an essay describing their leadership experience and potential. The selection committee reviewed each essay and selected finalists to move on to the interview process. The interview process narrowed the field to our five exceptional HOBY representatives for the 2017-2018 school year.
The students will participate in a three day leadership seminar which, as described by the organization, is "designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students will explore their own personal skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact on their community."
2017 - 2018 HOBY Winners
Leah's leadership ability spans from academics to the fine arts. Academically, Leah strives to lead by example and always put forth her best effort. She is a member of the Science Olympiad Team and Mathletes, and spent her summer as a Leadership intern at Camp Invention. Leah has also found a passion in performing and is a member of the chamber chorus and chamber orchestra. Her participation in these groups has led to her recognition as an All County Cellist, induction into the Tri-M Music Honor society, and an invitation to perform at the Long Island String Festival Association. Leah is also a member of Division Avenue's Show People and was inducted into the International Thespian Society.
"Being a leader means finding something that your passionate about and taking the lead, encouraging and motivating others to do the same. From the community to the classroom, I demonstrate leadership by volunteering as a leadership intern at camp invention, or simply helping peers grasp new concepts as we learn them."
Jacquelyn's aptitude for leadership can be seen on the field, in the classroom, and within the community. Jacquelyn is a member of both the JV Soccer and JV Basketball teams where she demonstrates leadership by helping her teammates reach their potential. Jacquelyn excels in business. She is the Vice President of DECA, and has been inducted into the Business Honor Society.Jacquelyn is also a member of Division Avenue's Big Dragons/Little Dragons Club, Peer Pals, and Key Club. The common thread between these clubs is leadership through service, and Jacquelyn enjoys helping others. Jacquelyn also demonstrates leadership wit hin the community. She is a Girl Scout, volunteers for Charitable Kids, is a lector at St. Bernard's, and recently worked at the Levittown Memorial Youth Camp.
"Through leadership, I enable others to reach their potential and to me that makes me more successful than anything I individually accomplished. "