In 1958, actor Hugh O’Brian (who had achieved fame playing the legendary Wyatt Earp on television) was invited to visit Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the German doctor-missionary-theologian-musician. O’Brian spent nine days with Schweitzer at a clinic on the banks of the Ogooue River in Lambarene, Africa. There Schweitzer, along with volunteer doctors and nurses, worked without electricity or running water to care for patients, including many with leprosy. Schweitzer, then 83, was concerned about global peace prospects and was convinced that the United States should take a leadership role in achieving peace. He impressed upon O’Brian the urgency for change and how education must teach young people to think for themselves. As O’Brian departed, Schweitzer took his hand and asked, “Hugh, what are you going to do with this?” Two weeks after returning from the 1958 meeting with Schweitzer, O’Brian put together a prototype seminar for young leaders – HOBY, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program. HOBY has served to empower thousands of high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents, and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community.
Each year Rosary sends a sophomore whom a committee determines has the potential to both give to and receive from this leadership opportunity. This year Rosary’s HOBY representative is Rachel D’Eramo. She will attend a four-day State Leadership Seminar in June. At the state seminar programs, students “participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.”
Congratulations to Rachel on her selection for this outstanding program.