Every year a sophomore student at Elsberry High School is chosen by the faculty to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. This past summer Elsberry High School student, Madison Cleveland, was the Elsberry representative at the conference held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau in June.
HOBY is an organization, started by American actor Hugh O’Brian in 1958, and dedicated to “training and nurturing the young leaders of tomorrow.” Its mission is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower youth to achieve their highest potential.
Students across the state attended HOBY’s flagship program that allows high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students attend three – or four – day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community. The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.
Madison is the daughter of Scott and Tracy Cleveland.