Mount Everett Regional School students Marina Germain and Graham Collopy recently attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at Bentley University in Waltham. Germain and Collopy joined 220 other young high school leaders from the region.

Germain, of Alford, is the daughter of Roxanne and David Germain, and Collopy, of Sheffield, is the son of Kim and David Collopy.

Each spring, select area sophomores from public and private high schools convene at one of the 70 State Leadership Seminars across the country to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to becoming effective and ethical leaders.

Student participants (known as HOBY Ambassadors) take part in hands-on activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.

At the end of their seminars, HOBY Ambassadors are challenged to give back by serving at least 100 volunteer hours in their communities.

Germain was sponsored by the Sheffield Kiwanis. Collopy was sponsored by Thursday Morning Club in Great Barrington and the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board in Pittsfield.


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