4 St. Bede Students Named HOBY Award Winners – Shaw Local

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Sophomores from St. Bede Academy in Peru, Jake Migliorini, Sadie Koehler, Bailey Engels and Greyson Marincic, are the recipients of the 2022-2023 Hugh O’Brian Youth Association Award.

The HOBY seminar is a national program exclusively for second-year high school students. HOBY’s mission is to seek, recognize and develop leadership potential.

Koehler and Engels will attend the State Leadership Seminar this summer along with other HOBY Award winners from across the state. Throughout the three-day seminar, Koehler and Engels will interact with key leaders in media, politics and business.

Jake is the son of Mike and Angie Migliorini, of Granville. He attended Putnam County Elementary School and is a member of the football, wrestling and track teams.

Sadie is the daughter of Shawn and Amy Koehler from Peru. She attended elementary school at Trinity Catholic Academy and received an academic honor in her first year. Sadie plays volleyball, softball and basketball.

Bailey is the daughter of Christian and JoAnna Engels, of Mendota. She attended Holy Cross School and is a member of the Lectio Divina group, the Tea Club, the Heritage Club and the Yearbook Committee. She is also a member of the basketball, softball and volleyball teams.

Greyson Marincic is the son of Jeff and Christal Marincic, of Oglesby. He attended Oglesby Washington Jr. High School and is a member of the cross country, basketball, and track teams.

St. Bede Academy faculty nominated Migliorini, Koehler, Engels, and Marincic based on the following criteria: exceptional oral and written communication skills, critical and/or creative thinking, creative problem solving, strong decision-making abilities , sensitivity to the needs of others, charismatic personality, courage to stand up for one’s beliefs, courage to challenge authority and community service.

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program began in 1958, inspired by conversations with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. The program has grown with sophomores attending one of approximately 90 seminars held each year in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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