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Ryan Cinotte of Spring Valley is the 2012-13 recipient of Hall High School’s Hugh O’Brian Award.
Cinotte, son of Lori and Patrick Cinotte of Spring Valley, will attend a state leadership seminar this summer at the University of Illinois with other HOBY Award winners from around the state. HOBY stands for Hugh O’Brian Youth Association. The HOBY seminar is a national program exclusively for high school sophomores The mission of HOBY is to seek out, recognize, and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores. The expected outcomes of the seminar are for students attending to learn to better think critically; to enhance their leadership skills; to learn more about democracy, free enterprise, and volunteerism; and to accept the risks of leadership.
Throughout a three-day seminar, Cinotte will interact with leaders in media, politics and business in Illinois. HOBY representatives also will have the chance to speak with various representatives from different colleges. The weekend ends with a banquet and show, and the parents are invited to attend.
He has been active in basketball, Spanish club, Above the Influence Club and cross country and has received honors including John F. Kennedy School Scholastic Award, Who’s Who among high school students, high honor roll and W. D. Boyle Council Art Award. He has volunteered for the local food pantry.
Cinotte was selected by his faculty and peers. The faculty nominates students for the honor. The top six names of nominees are then presented to the sophomore class to vote. The faculty and students vote according to the following criteria: outstanding oral/written communication skills, critical and/or creative thinking, creative problem solving, strong decision-making skills, sensitivity to the needs of others, charismatic personality, courage to speak out for one’s beliefs, courage to challenge authority, and community service.
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