Macon East Academy sophomores, Zach Kitchens and Rachel Sargent were selected to attend the HOBY Leadership Seminar at Troy University the last weekend of May. Founded in 1958, 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 State Leadership Seminars are for sophomore students who want to develop their leadership talents and become stronger leaders in their communities. Through engaging and interactive speakers, workshops, fun activities, and discussions, HOBY’s dynamic three-day leadership training explores leadership from three perspectives: personal, group, and societal. Both participants enjoyed the group activities and were motivated by the speakers to continue growing in their leadership roles at Macon East. Zach said the HOBY conference taught him how important it is to be a leader and how to better lead others, while Rachel reflected on the connections made with the other students at the conference and the impact the speakers had on her thoughts about leadership among teens. As America’s foremost youth leadership organization, HOBY has a long and impressive history of successfully motivating youth and volunteers to outstanding leadership. Rachel and Zach continue to bring these outstanding leadership qualities to all of their school activities at Macon East.