Matthew Murray ’20 has been selected by the Christian Brothers Academy Guidance Department to participate in the 2018 Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar.
HOBY’s flagship program allows high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students attend three- or four-day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community.
The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.
Murray was selected by the Guidance Department because of his impressive track record of service and involvement during his first year at CBA.
Throughout his first year at CBA, Murray volunteered with the Best Day Foundation, which holds beach events for those with special needs. Volunteers help participants through beach obstacle courses and water activities, such as body boarding, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.
Murray is also in the Monmouth County Junior Court Counseling Program, where students from the county are asked by the courts for input on low-level crime violations and punishments.
At CBA, Murray has been an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), as well as varsity bowling, freshmen baseball and intramural basketball.
The 2018 seminar will take place next June at Kean University. Over 10,000 students across the country will participate in their state’s leadership seminar this spring.
The seminar weekend is filled with interactive activities and workshops that allow students to discover their personal leadership strengths. After understanding leadership from three different perspectives, students then learn to cultivate their skills to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.
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