HOBY Conference inspires Bortell to run for district
When then-Schoharie High School sophomore Rebecca
Bortell attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference
last June at SUNY Oneonta, she not only enjoyed the sessions she
attended; she was inspired to do more.
Now, Bortell is serving as HOBY District 2 president,
an office she decided to run for following the conference.
At the HOBY conference in June, Bortell and
classmate Jacob Fagnani took part in hands-on leadership activities and
networked with students from throughout
the Capital Region. They returned to Schoharie with skills to lead others
and make a positive impact on their community.
Bortell is committed to community service and has
been logging volunteer hours, including service with the NENY Regional
Food Bank. When her school advisor suggested she consider running for
HOBY president, Bortell thought about it, wanted the challenge and to
stay connected with HOBY - so she did. And she won.
What's next? Bortell has her eye on serving as a
HOBY conference J-staff volunteer.
In her new position as HOBY District 2 president and
in view of her ongoing volunteerism,
Bortell embodies the HOBY goal of "empowering high
school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them
to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and
Rebecca Bortell attended the June 2016 Hugh O’Brian
Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference with classmate Jacob Fagnani. Bortell
is now HOBY District 2 president.