Bayley Grizzanti was chosen as the 2019 HOBY representative from Carbondale Area. He is the son of Michael and Joanna Grizzanti, Carbondale.

Aside from his excellent academic record, Bayley is an achieving member of the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) club at CAHS. Bayley took home first place at the regional FBLA competition and will go on to compete at the state level in April. Bayley is an active member of Student Council who is currently serving as the treasurer of the group. Bayley is a member of the Ski Club and participates on both the Soccer and Track & Field teams here at our school. This participation in extra-curricular activities demonstrates Bayley’s natural leadership potential and his willingness to serve our community with his many gifts and talents. He will attend the leadership conference in May.

The Hugh O’ Brien Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) provides an opportunity for high school sophomores to recognize their potential talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders of the future. The high level of energy, encouragement and motivation as well as the interaction with peers, panelists and volunteer staff are important elements in nurturing the students’ future leadership roles. Each year every accredited public and private high school is invited to select and send outstanding sophomores as its representatives based on demonstrated leadership potential. There are approximately 70 Leadership Seminars held each spring in all 50 States and Canada.

At the end of each Leadership Seminar, one young man and young woman from each site is selected to attend the World Leadership Congress (WLC).

Hugh O’Brien the actor who portrayed the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp on television, started HOBY’s widely acclaimed international program began in 1958. This program provides lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential.

I asked Bayley what this award meant to him and he said, “I’m humbly flattered to be selected to receive this prestigious award. I consider it a great privilege to attend this leadership conference. I think this experience will open doors for me to show me how to better develop my leadership qualities. I’m looking forward to a great learning experience.”