Ryan Summerlin October 1, 2013
The Park City Women’s Athenaeum Club met at the Summit County Library Tuesday to hear three outstanding girls from Park City High School talk about their recent experiences at leadership conferences.
Kayla Harden attended the HOBY Conference held at Aspen Grove near Sundance last May. In addition to participating in leadership-building exercises, the students, who come from all over the state of Utah, heard outstanding speakers discuss a variety of topics. Kayla particularly enjoyed the panels on religion and education. The latter featured the scholarship counselor from Park City High School, Nancy Michalko.
The HOBY conference, started by actor Hugh O’Brian, focuses on personal, group, and society leadership, and the students are expected to perform 100 hours of community service following the conference. Kayla enjoyed the experience so much she applied to be a counselor to the students next year and was one of six chosen. She credits Mrs. Hooker, her 8th grade English teacher, for interesting her in volunteer projects. Kayla Guillory. the HOBY student chosen in 2012, also attended the meeting and answered questions from the group. Dominic Croce, another HOBY student from 2013, was unable to attend.
Athenaeum members will soon be interviewing students in the sophomore class who would like to attend the HOBY Conference next spring. Please see Nancy Michalko if you are interested in this rewarding experience.
Another speaker was senior Molly Leavens, who attended Girls’ State at Southern Utah University in Cedar City last summer. The Athenaeum Club partnered with the American Legion to send Molly to this conference, which is more of a "hands-on" experience focused on democracy. Students are organized into cities, counties, and districts, and run for various offices, learning about the democratic process. Molly ran for Supreme Court Justice and showed her creative campaign posters. The students also learned the history of our country’s democracy by holding a mock Constitutional Convention, without air conditioning and wearing clothes appropriate for the 18th century. An interesting thing she shared with the group was how to dispose of a worn-out flag. The stars are cut out, which renders the material no longer a flag so it can then be burned. Each student was given a cut-out star.
The Athenaeum Club is an affiliate of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. They were pleased to have the state vice-president of GFWC, Melanie Haering, attend their meeting and speak about the Memorial Stone from 9-11 which will be traveling around the state and then placed in a memorial garden at Fort Douglas this spring. The state GFWC has helped gather funds for a statue of three generations of military women which will also be in the garden. The Memorial Stone will be in Park City this Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. on lower Main Street.