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Olivia Wojcik and Macy Bosnich selected as HOBY Award recipients.


Olivia Wojcik and Macy Bosnich selected as HOBY Award recipients.

Ron Barnes


Peru, IL – Sophomores, Olivia Wojcik and Macy Bosnich have been selected by the Academy faculty and staff as the recipients of the 2017-18 HOBY Award. Wojick and Bosnich will attend a state leadership seminar this summer with other HOBY Award winners from around the state.  HOBY stands for Hugh O'Brian Youth Association. The HOBY seminar is a national program exclusively for high school sophomores. The mission of HOBY is to seek out, recognize, and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores. The expected outcomes of the seminar are for students attending to learn to think critically; to enhance their leadership skills; to learn more about democracy, free enterprise, and volunteerism; and to accept the risks of leadership. Throughout a 3-day seminar, Wojick and Bosnich will interact with key leaders in media, politics, and business in Illinois. They will have the chance to ask these individuals questions and hear their plans for the future.  They will also have the chance to speak with various representatives from different colleges. The weekend ends with a banquet and show, and the parents are invited to attend.


Macy is the daughter of Alan and Melissa Bosnich of DePue. Macy attended middle school at DePue Unit School District #103. While at St. Bede Academy she has been involved in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was class representative for student government during her freshman year and currently serves as class reprehensive for Student Government and Spanish Club.  Macy is also a member of the Yearbook Staff.



Olivia Wojick is the daughter of Dr. Robert and Dana Wojcik of Peru. While at St. Bede Academy Olivia has been involved in Venturing Club, Lectio Devinia, Last Supper Club, Cheerleading, Scholastic Bowl and Fall Theater. Olivia has participated in the Spring Musical and the IMEA Music Festival as a freshman. She is currently representing St. Bede at the NCIC conference musical festival in vocal performance.

The faculty at St. Bede Academy nominated Wojick and Bosnich for this honor according to the following criteria: outstanding oral and written communication skills, critical and/or creative thinking, creative problem solving, strong decision-making skills, sensitivity to the needs of others, charismatic personality, courage to speak out for one's beliefs, courage to challenge authority, and community service. The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program began in 1958 inspired by conversations with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. The program has grown with sophomores attending one of the approximately 90 seminars held throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico every year.