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Pykiet selected to attend U.S. State Leadership Seminar

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

Moore County High School sophomore Tristan Pykiet has been selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar at Lipscomb University in Nashville. (Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County High School sophomore Tristan Pykiet has been selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Pykiet was selected by his teachers at MCHS.

The U.S. State Leadership Seminar, scheduled for May 17-19, is the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership’s flagship program. The Leadership Seminar is designed for high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace and community.

“The student needed to be someone who would best represent MCHS at the seminar,” said Moore County school counselor Amy Cashion. “They needed to be strong academically, be a strong leader and have great character.

“Tristan volunteers a lot of his time with the youth football players. I think that he is well-rounded, that he is the kind of person they are looking for and that he will represent our school well.”

The high level of energy, encouragement and motivation as well as the interaction with peers, panelists and volunteers are important elements in nurturing the students’ future leadership roles.

In addition, students participate in hands-on leadership activities and meet state leaders in such as areas as business, government, education, media and the non-profit sector. There are approximately 70 Leadership Seminars held each spring throughout the United States. Local volunteer committees plan, organize and run these three-or four-day seminars, and also raise the funds to pay for program expenses.

Each September, every accredited public, private and charter high school in the country is invited to select and register an outstanding sophomore as their representative to their local state seminar. Currently, nearly 9,000 sophomores, representing as many high schools nationwide, attend HOBY Leadership Seminars annually.