East Meadow High School sophomore Kristen Kavanagh has been selected as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) ambassador.
HOBY, founded in 1958, is an organization that inspires and develops global community youth and volunteers to live a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.
As an ambassador, Kristen will participate with other teenagers at the HOBY Leadership Conference where she will collaborate with recognized leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss current worldly issues.
Kristen was selected through a rigorous process that included an interview by faculty, administration and a former HOBY ambassador. She unanimously impressed the panel with her poise, confidence, insight and genuine concern for others.
Kristen is a very conscientious student who is involved in various extracurricular activities. She is a member of the school’s Kickline team, a Jet Gazzette News Editor and an active member of National English Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions organization.
During her time as a Girl Scout, Kristen earned Bronze and Silver Awards and is currently working toward her Gold Award, called Irreplaceable Interaction. To obtain this award, she must teach an interaction skill to young people. Seeing a dwindling in people’s social skills, Kristen created an acronym, “SMILE” for people to easily remember the key aspects of interaction with others. “SMILE” stands for Smile, Manners, Interpersonal Skills, Listen and Eye Contact.
In addition, Kristen aspires to earn a doctorate in education and become an elementary school teacher.