Congrats Newtown High School Students!

Four Newtown students receive leadership training

photo courtesy of Newtown High School Facebook page
photo courtesy of Newtown High School Facebook page
From Friday, May 30th to Sunday, June 1st, Sophomores Alisha Aggarwal, Meera Gupta, Kayla Kordish, and Trystan Wagner represented Newtown High School as outstanding student leaders at the 2014 HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) Seminar, according to the school system's Facebook page.  

The seminar took place at the University of Bridgeport where 180 sophomores from across Connecticut took part in multiple leadership-training activities, attended a leadership luncheon, listened to different inspirational speakers, and completed different area service projects.

The service projects included "Save the Sound" (where students picked up garbage on the beach), volunteering at the Jewish Senior Services Nursing Home, volunteering at Homes for the Brave, cleaning up the Family Reentry building, and volunteering at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. Sonya Stanczyk (a 2012 HOBY alumna and president of the Alumni Association) volunteered as a Team Alumni. 

"HOBY was one of the most inspiring and memorable weekends I've ever experienced. It encouraged me to become a part of a remarkable family that I am very thankful for, and I am motivated now, not only to dream, but to take action for the betterment of my community," said Alisha Aggarwal.

"Absolutely inspiring! I have already started a group of kids who defiantly tell me they are gonna do this again with me next year! I want a reason to go back to that senior home," said Meera Gupta.

"I had such a great time this weekend. The seminar really inspired me to take action in our community, and I can't wait to use the skills that I learned!" said Kayla Kordish

"I had a great time at HOBY, it connected me to many people, as well as new ideas that helped me as an individual as well as when I'm with a group," said Trystan Wagner. 

The HOBY seminar taught these student leaders the skills they need to make a positive impact in their community.


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