Dear Editor,

I recently got back from the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY), in Granville. I learned the leadership qualities that I possess and how I can apply them in my life. I also made lifelong friends who appreciate me for who I am now and what I can do for them. Recently, I realized that some of my “friends” around here only appreciate me for what I can do for them. The people at HOBY taught me to be myself and like me for who I am. Also, I learned to be comfortable in my own skin, thanks to motivational speakers like Chris Bowers and Ryan Moran. They taught me to be happy about the way I look and to appreciate me for being me.

The last thing I learned really appalled me and that is all schools don’t send ambassadors students to the seminar. It is a life-changing experience that changed my life and the lives of many others that were there. I now offer a challenge to all high school guidance counselors, principals, and anyone else who might have a hand in the decision and that is to send at least one high school sophomore from your school to HOBY 2015 next year. It will benefit your school, local community and these students in the long run.

I hope you make the right choice.

Walker Polivka

HOBY Alum 2014

St. John Central