A Marian Catholic High School sophomore has been chosen to represent his school at the 2010 Hugh O'Brien Youth Ambassador seminar at Millersville University, Millersville from May 20-23.

Sister Bernard Agnes, I.H.M. principal, announced Briana O'Donnell, daughter of Patrick and Kathleen O'Donnell, Hazleton will join other high school ambassadors from every high school in Central Pennsylvania at the four-day event.

The seminar's purpose is to recognize and develop leadership potential in outstanding sophomores. It provides a structured and intense setting for young people to interact with recognized local, state and national leaders of business, education, the arts, government and the professions on the theme of "Motivating Tomorrows Leaders Today" and "Volunteerism/Service Learning."

O'Donnell is a member of the Marian Future Business Leaders of America, Mock Trial Team, Drama Club and Track and Field team. She is also participating in the Schuylkill Health Medical Explorers 2010 and dances for the Performing Arts Center. At her parish, Briana is a lector, altar server and Faith Formation Assistant. She is a participant for Habitat for Humanity.

As a seminar participant, O'Donnell will help to foster a better understanding of the business world and emerging global marketplace. The seminar will encourage them to strengthen their own leadership skills by sharing their seminar experience with others in their own communities.

As part of HOBY's commitment to the 1997 Presidential Summit for America's Future, participants will be required to complete and report 100 hours of community service following a service project at the seminar.

HOBY was founded by movie and stage actor Hugh O'Brian (Wyatt Earp of the popular 50s series) in 1958 after he visited with Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa.

Today, there are 90 HOBY leadership seminars in all 50 states, sponsored totally by contributions of local corporations, businesses and civic organizations.

Students attending the seminar pay nothing for this experience. Each seminar site will select one boy and girl to attend the 2010 World Leadership Congress, a 10-day, all-expense-paid seminar at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in July 2010.