The following Pequot Lakes High School students earned HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership) awards or Minnesota MILE (Motivating and Inspiring Leadership and Excellence) recognition:
• 2014 HOBY ambassador: Angela Gudahl, the daughter of John and Cindy Gudahl.
• 2014 HOBY first alternate and 2014 Minnesota MILE ambassador: Chase Blaeser, the son of Larry and Sarah Blaeser.
• 2014 HOBY/Minnesota MILE alternates: CJ Borleis, the son of Carl and Katie Borleis; and Katie Casanova, the daughter of Chad and Kari Casanova.
HOBY is a national and international youth leadership organization whose mission is to inspire and develop a global community of youth and volunteers to a life “dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.”
The program teaches students the importance of social responsibility, how students can make a difference and what it takes to be a global citizen.
The Minnesota MILE was formed to identify outstanding high school sophomores throughout Minnesota for being responsible citizens in their community and/or school and provide them with the opportunity and encouragement to recognize their leadership potential.
Students were nominated for these leadership awards based on their potential leadership ability and one or more of the following traits: outstanding oral and/or written communication skills; critical and/or creative thinking skills and creative problem solving; strong decision making skills and sensitivity to the needs/concerns of others; charismatic personality (others gravitate toward him or her); courage to speak for ones beliefs and to challenge authority; and participation in community service activities.
Students nominated were interviewed, and a committee selected the 2014 winners.