Marshall hosting HOBY students
HUNTINGTON -- Nearly 200 of West Virginia's top high school sophomores are on Marshall's campus this weekend, participating in a leadership training and service-learning conference.
The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar for West Virginia high school sophomores began Thursday and runs through Sunday on Marshall's main campus and various locations around Huntington. The HOBY conference has been an annual event in West Virginia since 1978, but this is the first time it has been hosted at Marshall.
The students, who are selected by their high schools and represent every area of the state, were welcomed by Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp during a Thursday luncheon and began a busy schedule of programs and activites that focus on leadership, service and innovation.
Friday, for example, interactive panel discussions explored entrepreneurship, today's media and the role of West Virginia in America's Energy Future.
Saturday morning, Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice will speak, and students also will participate in community service projects in Huntington neighborhoods.
The conference is named for television star Hugh O'Brian, who rose to fame portraying legendary lawman Wyatt Earp in the 1950s. O'Brian established the organization after an inspiring visit with Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa in 1958. Since then more than 425,000 high school students have participated in HOBY programs.
The West Virginia conference has been held previously at Jackson's Mill, Alderson Broaddus College, University of Charleston, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University and other locations around the state.
The Herald-Dispatch welcomes your comments on this article, but please be civil. Avoid profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, accusations of criminal activity, name-calling or insults to the other posters. Herald-dispatch.com does not control or monitor comments as they are posted, but if you find a comment offensive or uncivil, hover your mouse over the comment and click the X that appears in the upper right of the comment. If you do not want your comment to post to your personal Facebook page, uncheck the box below the comment.