Alumnus sponsors WHS Youth Leadership Program
Submitted by Nicole Mansell
WAXAHACHIE - Waxahachie High School Sophomore Kameron Ranson will have the opportunity to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership conference this May, thanks to a generous donation made personally by Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson.
Wilson, a 1989 graduate of Waxahachie High School, became involved with the HOBY Youth Leadership Program after first hearing about it during a presentation at the Waxahachie Noon Lions Club, for which he is a member.
The Hugh O’Brian leadership program was founded in 1958 by Hugh O’Brian and serves as a leadership development tool for our nation’s youth.
Legendary actor O’Brian is best known for his 1955-1961 role on the ABC hit show “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” where he played the starring role.
The mission of the HOBY program is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that allow for positive changes in the home, school, workplace and community.
Students are selected by their schools for participation and attend an annual conference where leadership training, service-learning, and motivation building session are taught.
More than 9,000 students participate in one of the nationwide conferences held each year and more than 375,000 students have participated in the leadership program since its inception.
After hearing about the HOBY leadership program, Wilson and his wife, Becky, who is an officer at Vintage Bank, introduced the program to Vintage Bank.
Vintage began sponsoring a student each year to attend the program.
This year, Vintage will sponsor a student at Global High and Wilson will personally sponsor a student at Waxahachie High School.
“I am excited to know that Waxahachie will now have two representatives at the HOBY Leadership Seminar next spring,” said Wilson.
“Finances should not be a factor in a student’s decision or ability to participate in this wonderful program. Many programs are designed to assist young people in achieving the bare minimum, but the HOBY program is geared toward helping young men and women achieve far more than the minimum.
”By exposing students to current community leaders from both the private and public sector, the HOBY program inspires those students to become leaders in their own right. And that is great for our future.”
The three day leadership seminar Ranson will be attending is in May at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
“We are thrilled that Patrick has taken the time and interest to invest in our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Thomas J. Collins.
“We are fortunate to have alumnus who continue to give back to Waxahachie Independent School District.
“Our community is what makes our school district a great place.”
For more information on the HOBY Leadership program, visit them online at www.hoby.org.