Joann Butkus has been selected to join 245 leaders representing many high schools from throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) from May 17 to May 20 at Millersville University.

Representing Tamaqua Area High School, Tamaqua, she is the daughter of Pete and Diane Butkus of Tuscarora.

For the past 54 years, HOBY Leadership Seminars have brought together select groups of high school sophomores to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government and education to discuss present and future issues in an enthusiastic learning environment.

HOBY was established by the veteran Hugh O'Brian following a visit to Africa where he was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Says O'Brian, "HOBY's goal is to seek out, recognize and develop outstanding leadership potential among our nation's youth."

For additional information about HOBY activities and sponsorship opportunities, see the HOBY website at www.hoby.org [1] or www.centrealpahoby.org [2]