Marion County High School sophomore Emily Gardner has been selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership seminar.

“I was very excited because I didn’t know if I was going to get in or not,” Gardner said. “I was excited to look into it more, and I’m just excited for the experience.” 

According to its website, the HOBY organization seeks “to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation.”

For Gardner, the experience will be one of several leadership opportunities in which she’s been involved, having attended the George Rogers Clark High School’s leadership conference and the Marion County Public Schools Young Leaders Conference. She’s also involved in the MCHS SMILE club, student council and the Beta club.

Gardner was encouraged to apply by MCHS guidance counselor Rachael Trent. 

“[Mrs. Trent] told us that it would be a really good opportunity for us and that it would look really good on  the GSP application,” Gardner said, adding she intends to apply for the Governor’s Scholars Program following her junior year. 

“Emily is a very outgoing, energetic, and hard-working young lady,” Trent said. “She’ll represent the high school and the school district very well.”

Gardner will attend this year’s seminar online in early June.