12 Howard County sophomores attending youth leader seminar

4-day state conference opens in Columbia

April 16, 1999

The 1999 Maryland Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar began yesterday at the Sheraton Columbia Inn, with more than 250 Maryland high school sophomores attending.

The four-day seminar will provide top 10th-graders with the opportunity to meet with leaders in business, government, education and the news media.

Organizers say the seminar will provide a chance for students to learn about the American incentive system and democratic process, while stimulating the students' leadership potential. The panelists and speakers for the conference include Kevin Byrne, director of public relations for the Baltimore Ravens, who will speak on "The Business of Sports," and stand-up comedian Michael Aronin, who will speak on "Entrepreneurship."

Twelve Howard County sophomores were selected to attend: Alexander Smallwood, Atholton High School; Wyatt Cooper, Centennial High School; Tessa Ring, Chapelgate Christian Academy; Maria Peklo, Glenelg Country School; Michael Darling, Glenelg High School; Joseph Nuffer, Hammond High School; Sara Aefsky, Howard High School; Anatoly Brekhman, Long Reach High School; Gianna de Castro, Mount Hebron High School; David Schweinfurth, Oakland Mills High School; Ashish Patel, River Hill High School; and Francis Liu, Wilde Lake High School.

Actor Hugh O'Brian established the foundation in 1958. It is the nation's top nonprofit foundation for youth leadership development, with all 50 states and 30 countries participating in its programs.

Pub Date: 4/16/99

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