HOBY Herald Winter 2012

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The HOBY Herald

Winter, 2012

2012 – Year in Review

2012 may have been our most OUTSTANDING year to date. Here are some highlights:

  • We put on a 4-day seminar where we hosted 108 ambassadors from 60 high schools around the state.
  • We moved our seminar to a new site at Vermont Technical College.
  • We participated in off-site L4S projects for the first time in Vermont HOBY history.
  • We hosted Jamie Utt and experienced The Wall for the first time.
  • We kicked off a new website campaign that will be unveiled mid-2013 (Read more below to see how you can help).
  • We fundraised over $10,000 through a combination of staff fundraising, grants and miscellaneous donations.
  • We sent 3 ambassadors to the World Leadership Congress.
  • We won multiple awards at TI (HOBY National’s Training Institute).
  • We met our registration goal for 2013 enrollment before the deadline – Great job Liz Parker!
  • We had 7 ambassadors reach their 100 hour service goal before the end of 2012.

How are we going to be even better in 2013? Here are our plans:

  • We are re-designing the hobyvt.org website to make it more modern and useful to Ambassadors, Alumni, Schools, Parents and for general information.
  • We are hosting the 2013 Vermont HOBY Seminar at Vermont Technical College for the second year.
  • We are planning the 1st (hopefully annual) HOBY College Day in March.
  • We are looking to increase our Alumni involvement by hosting more Alumni Events. Have an idea? Let us know.
  • We are going to expand our fundraising efforts to give Vermont HOBY a more stable financial foundation and give us increase freedom to give back in our state and Vermont HOBY Family.

Thank you for everything you do to help us accomplish these goals!


February 14, 5:30p

SemComm Meeting
at Williston Central School

March 10

HOBY College Day
at VTC

May 4

Green Up Day

May 23-26

2013 Vermont HOBY Seminar
at VTC


First Alumni Event

2012 Updates – L4S Goals

The following 2012 Ambassadors have already reached their goal of 100 hours. Be sure to log your hours from our website – hobyvt.org.

  1. Cody O’Connell      228hrs
  2. Kathryn Maurer      164hrs
  3. Emily Millar             149.25hrs
  4. Marissa Kelemen      114hrs
  5. Kristen Switzer          107.5 hrs
  6. Mikayla Dambrackas  105.8hrs
  7. Shavonna Bent      103hrs

Keep up the good work – we’ll post another update in the next edition.

Holiday Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped wrap at Barnes & Noble during the holiday season. We raised about $200 and shared our HOBY Stories with people who stopped at our table. Every opportunity we have to educate people about the HOBY program helps us grow as an organization, so thank you!

Help Wanted – Website Redesign

We are redesigning our website this year and need some help. Are you interested in web design? Or are you creative and have some time? We are looking for a few people to help us transfer content and get the new website up and running. This could be some great experience for your resume if this is something you are interested in and it will count for your L4S hours too. Interested? E-mail Mallory Wood at malloryl.wood@gmail.com and be sure to specify HOBY Website in your subject.
If you’re interested, we can adjust the time based on your schedule and some work may be able to be done remotely.You’d probably be looking at 10-20 hours depending on how much interest we have. Mallory will be able to provide more information as we move forward and have a better idea of the level of interest.

2010 – Where are they going?

The Vermont HOBY Class of 2011 is graduating this year. Where are they headed next year?

  • Andrew Rainville – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Robert Fernandez – Becker College
  • Erin Rose – St. Michael’s College

Let us know where you’re headed and we’ll provide another update after regular admission.

Other Alumni Updates

Jamie Utt & Ashley Knights Heaney (’12) at Northfield Middle School 
Jamie presented “The Wall” at HOBY 2012, a presentation that emphasizes breaking down stereotypes, and he came to Northfield for a similar presentation. He has a great message so thanks for bringing him back to Vermont!

Mrinal Asthana (’12) is going to the 1st HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy in MD this Spring. Thanks for representing Vermont! We hope you have anoutstanding time!

HOBY College Day

We are in the process of planning our first Vermont HOBY College Day. It will be held at VTC on March 10th. It will be a half-day event with Admission Counselors and tips for essay writing, interviews, applications and other components of the college application process. Both parents and students are welcome to attend. There will be a $10 fee for students and parents are welcome to attend for free with their student.

Tentative Schedule:
Arrive/Catch-Up: 12:30-1
College Fair: 1-2
Presentations: 2-4 (VSAC, Essay Writing, etc.)

Admission will be limited to HOBY Alumni only until February 28th. If the cap has not been met by then, we will open it up to all students. Please emailalumni@hobyvt.org to reserve your spot and let us know if you will be bringing a parent.

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