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ConVal students to conference

Sophomores Madeline Ciocci, Joshua Curran, and Sarah Kolk were selected to represent ConVal High School at the 2014 Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference in May. The HOBY Conference is a weekend-long program held at the St.Methodios Center in Contoocook, hosting sophomore student leaders from across New Hampshire.

Kolk, Curran and Ciocci were three of 19 sophomores nominated by school staff for the conference. Of the six candidates who were interviewed by the committee, Kolk was selected as the delegate and Curran and Ciocci as the alternates. All three students will be attending the conference.

Kolk is the daughter of Tim and Stacey Kolk of Peterborough. She is a member of the varsity soccer, lacrosse and alpine ski teams. She is vice president of her class and the secretary of both the Student Council and the Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT). She is a member of the Interact Club, editor of the newspaper, and mentor for the SMS Robotics Team. She participated in Global Leadership Adventures last summer on a service trip to Costa Rica. She was the Ronald Reagan Presidential Leadership Award winner for the freshman class last year.

Ciocci is the daughter of Elizabeth Marble and Gary Ciocci of Peterborough. She is a member of the ConVal Interact Club and participates in theater, dance, skiing and voice. She will play Anita in ConVal’s upcoming production of West Side Story and volunteers as a ski instructor at Crotched Mountain.

Curran is the son of John and Melissa Curran of Peterborough. He is a member of the varsity football and wrestling teams, select choir, male a capella group, ConVal student leadership team and ConVal drama productions. He writes for the ConVal Current and will be an assistant coach for the SMS Wrestling team this winter.

The seminar provides an opportunity for high school sophomores to recognize their potential talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders of the future. An estimated 7,500 sophomores attend the seminars in all 50 states and Canada each year. At the end of each seminar a boy and girl from each location is selected to attend the World Leadership Congress.

HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

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