O’Neill Honored with HOBY Award

O’Neill Honored with HOBY Award 1

Tyler O’Neill, a sophomore at the high school, was recently named the 2017-2018 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership skills and participation in community service. O’Neill will representing East Islip at this year’s HOBY New York Metro Leadership Seminar, a three-day conference held at Adelphi University in Garden City from June 8-10.

O’Neill was selected for the award based on his entry in the school’s annual 300-word essay contest, asking students in 10th grade to describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect about being a leader in their school or community. O’Neill’s essay discussed his involvement in Boy Scouts and his experiences working with and helping younger scouts develop their skills.

“Tyler is a well-rounded young man and dedicated student,” said his guidance counselor Nicole Vincenti. “He is passionate about his service to Boy Scouts of America and is looking forward to working on his Eagle Scout project. I am very proud of Tyler and happy that he will have this amazing opportunity to attend the HOBY leadership conference.”

Each year, the Lions Club of the Islips sponsors the school’s HOBY winner and donates the expenses for attending the seminar. Lions Club representative Eugene Petraitis visited the school to congratulate O’Neill and present a check.

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. Programs like the Adelphi seminar provide selected students with unique leadership training and motivation-building experiences.