Vanessa Marques Shows Leadership

East Islip High School sophomore Vanessa Marques recently won the school’s contest to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference, a three-day seminar in June 2012, held at Adelphi University in Garden City.

Founded in 1958 by civic-minded actor Hugh O’Brian, HOBY’s mission is to inspire a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs such as the Adelphi conference provide selected students with unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

East Islip’s contest, sponsored by the local Lions Club, involved writing a short essay on the rewards and challenges of being a leader. In her entry, Marques eloquently expressed her thoughts on leadership, saying “It means acting in a way that others see you as a role model. Friends can pressure you into doing something that is wrong, so you have to use your judgment to do what is right, even if it means being different.” Matthew Cowdell finished second and will serve as the alternate.

“Vanessa is a bright young lady and I congratulate her on being selected to represent East Islip at the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference this year,” said school counselor Jennifer Salvaggio.