Saint Viator junior, Hugh Tully, shares more in common with veteran actor, Hugh O’Brian, than just his first name.
Turns out that like O’Brian, who famously played Wyatt Earp back in the 1950s, Tully is interested in service and leadership.
This month, Tully was among 500 teens from around the world to attend a world leadership conference, sponsored by an organization started by the actor more than 50 years ago, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, or HOBY.
Their week included a mix of service, including working to clean parts of Chicago’s Humboldt Park, and packing lunches for hungry children, and speakers. Its mission was to teach young people how to become catalysts for positive change in their communities.
One of the speakers they heard from was Diane Latiker, a top 10 CNN hero, who responded to gang violence in her south Roseland neighborhood, by turning her home into a safe haven. She went on to found the nonprofit organization, Kids Off the Block.
Tully, who participates in Saint Viator’s band program, musical, choir and music ministry; was deeply moved by Latiker’s speech.
“I guess I kind of knew (gang violence) was there, but I didn’t know the full extent of how it affects kids,” he said during an interview for the Chicago Sun Times.
Tully attended the weekend edition of HOBY as a sophomore, and he said attending the world conference was a bonus.
Principal Eileen Manno said Saint Viator has been sending students to HOBY for 20 years. She described it as part of the college prep curriculum, which not only is rigorous but empowers students to become lifelong learners and leaders in academics, faith and service to others.