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Awards and Recognition

Central Pennsylvania HOBY Program Recognition


HOBY International recognizes local seminars who meet or exceed established levels of performance.  The Central Pennsylvania Leadership Seminar has been honored with the following awards:

  • Outstanding Leadership Seminar/Seminar Chair 1991-2019

  • Outstanding Corporate Board 2000-2002, 2009-2019

  • Outstanding Director of Recruitment Award 2006-2019

  • Outstanding Alumni Advisor, 2018-19

  • Superior CLeW Program 2017-2019; Excellent CLeW Program 2016; CLeW Recognition Certificate 2013-2015

  • Website Award – First Place, 2017-2019

  • Certificate for partnership with Phi Sigma Pi 2016, 2017, 2019

  • Certificate for exceeding recruitment goal for 10 consecutive years

Photo on the right: Central PA volunteers at HOBY Training Institute, with awards!

Central Pennsylvania HOBY Hero Award


The HOBY Hero Award was established in 2004 to recognize truly amazing HOBY volunteers. This award is presented annually to all individuals who have served Central Pennsylvania HOBY continuously for 15 years in any capacity:


Ashley Miller
Chris Shelly


Melinda Bertling
McKenzie Jones– HOBY ’01
Cathy Shelly – HOBY ’82


Heather Allison – HOBY ’99
Tanya West

Andrew J. Miller – HOBY ’98
Sara Sweger – HOBY ’98


Heather Myers – HOBY ‘93
Kristen Verrastro – HOBY ’97

Patty Glasser

Pete Cangemi – HOBY ‘95
Erin Mumma Topham – HOBY ’95
Robert Nied – HOBY ‘95

Amy Beamer – HOBY ’84

Brian Crecco – HOBY ’94
Ken Potter

Bryan Tate

Suzanne Graney – HOBY ‘85

Steve St. John

Vicki Ferrence Ray – HOBY ‘89

David Ferruzza
Elam Herr
Doug Hill
Steve Samara
Stephanie Yentsch


David H. Baker, Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award


The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding Central Pennsylvania Leadership Seminar volunteer. The award was instituted in 1999 and renamed in 2001 to honor the previous year’s recipient, the late David H. Baker, Jr., who became actively involved with Pennsylvania’s youth in 1990 through his term as Kiwanis District Governor. He was a constant presence at Central Pennsylvania HOBY and at local & national Circle K and Key Club conventions. No matter his role, you could always find Dave wearing his trademark pin-laden yellow Kiwanis jacket.

2022    Arielle Harleman

2021    Faith Hatchard

2019    Eric Seymour
2018    Sarah Smith
2017    Chris Shelly
2016    David Ferruzza
2015    Beth Awalt – HOBY ’04 & Courtney Adamo
2014    Carol Verish
2013    Heather Myers – HOBY ’93
2012    Cathy Shelly
2011    Kelley Gibson
2010    Tanya West
2009    Carol Foley
2008    Andrew & Ashley Miller
2007    Sara Sweger – HOBY ‘98
2006    Bryan Tate
2005    Patty Glasser
2004    Steve St. John
2003    Betsy Crossman – HOBY ‘96
2002    Andrew Miller – HOBY ‘98
2001    Melissa Plotkin
2000    David H. Baker
1999    Jennifer Lowe

Central Pennsylvania HOBY Ambassador Volunteer of the Year Award


The Ambassador Volunteer of the Year Award was established in conjunction with HOBY’s Leadership for Service program curriculum in 1998, and was first awarded in 1999. The award is presented annually to the Central Pennsylvania Leadership Seminar alumnus who has completed and logged the most volunteer service hours on the HOBY website within one year after attending the seminar as an Ambassador.


2022    Ethan Lewis, Wyalusing Area High School

2021    Sabeen Safi, Chambersburg Area High School & Ayush Iyer, Manheim Township High SChool

2020   Mackenzie Thomas, Carlisle High School and Sarah Mahoney, Lewisburg Area High School
2019    Karly Zimmerman, Lebanon Catholic High School
2018    Maya Holmes, Williamsport Area High School
2017    Connery McFadden, St. John Neumann Regional Academy
2016    SeAnna Reeves-Bump, Towanda Area High School
2015    Christopher Govus, Pocono Mountain East High School
2014    Leah Silverman, Abington Heights High School
2013    Patrick Dykiert, East Stroudsburg High School
2012    Rachel Echevarria, Carlisle High School
2011    Brittany Karpinski, Bloomsburg Area High School
2010    Zachary Kosak, Tunkhannock Area High School
2009    Brian Lynch, Ephrata High School
2008    Jordan Krebs, Greencastle-Antrim High School
2007    Allison Busby, Columbia High School
2006    Courtney Keiser, Garden Spot Area High School
2005    Kevin Smith, Trinity High School
2004    Kristina Lascombe, James M. Coughlin High School
2003    Lauren Forsyth, East Stroudsburg High School
2002    Megan Keller, Lancaster Christian School
2001    Anna Rodgers, West Perry High School
2000    Joshua Champagne, Susquehanna Township High School
1999    Andrew Miller, Delone Catholic High School

Central Pennsylvania HOBY Outstanding Sponsor Award


The Outstanding Sponsor Award is presented annually to a company or organization in recognition of their support in the forms of financial contributions, gift-in-kind donations and volunteer time, as well as their overall relationship with Central Pennsylvania HOBY.



2019    Airie Knipel, Harry V. and  J. William Warehime Foundation

2018    Shippensburg University Foundation

2017    General Federation of Women’s Clubs-Pennsylvania

2016    Rotary Club of Hanover and Rotary Club of York

2015    The Hershey Company

2014    St. John’s Driving School

2013    S.A.S.I. Smart Appraisal Service

2012    Higher Information Group

2011    Lancaster General Health

2010    Pepperidge Farm and Herr’s Foods

2009    Turkey Hill

2008    Martin’s Potato Chips

2007    Bank of Lancaster County

2006    The Wolf Organization

2005    Pavone, Inc.

2004    WITF, Inc.

2003    Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co.

2002    High Food Services, Ltd.

2001    Acorn Press

2000    Martin Limestone, Inc. and Snavely & Dosch, Inc.

1999    Armstrong World Industries and Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co.

1998    Armstrong World Industries

1997    Anderson Pretzel Company and Fulton Bank

Jack Tawney World Leadership Congress Scholarships


D.L. “Jack” Tawney was a founding volunteer of Pennsylvania HOBY in 1979, andremained a volunteer and constant presence at local HOBY seminars for more than 24 years until his death in October 2002. Jack was the embodiment of the HOBY spirit. He served in various roles for both the local and national organization over the years, but his favorite role was that of facilitator for the World Leadership Congress. In recognition of his dedication and service to HOBY,the Jack Tawney WLC Scholarship was established to sponsor one male Ambassador and one female Ambassador from the Central Pennsylvania Leadership Seminar to attend the WLC each year.  The first scholarships were given in 2003, which would have been Jack’s  25th year of volunteer service.



Anna Baylor, Montoursville High School

Stephen Behun IV, 

Tzipporah Goins, Logos Academy
Ryan Bennett, Susquenita High School


Michael Grebeck, Elmer L. Meyers High School
Nadiya Sieger, Marion Catholic High School


Joshua Po, Bishop McDevitt High School
Kaitlin Ahern, Dunmore High School


Jason Lee, State College Area High School
Zoe Timothy, Susquenita High School


Rocco Roguskie, Shenandoah Valley Jr/Sr High School
Amelia Blanchard, Conestoga Valley High School


Luke Yamulla – MMI Preparatory School
Victoria Kline – MMI Preparatory School



Eric Sklanka, Pittston Area High School
Emily Phillips, Conestoga Valley High School

Tyler Bielinski, Holy Cross High School
Daniella Snyder, Shikellamy High School


Nicholas Lock, Galeton High School
Katherine Galvis, Linden Hall


Garett Craig-Lucas, Lackawanna Trail High School
Devan George, Honesdale High School


Hunter Harrell, Spring Grove Area High School
Carly Sokach, Wyoming Seminary


Jonathan Mercuri, Pottsville Area High School
Mary Beth Seitz-Brown, Spring Grove Area High School


Richard Maopolski, Old Forge High School
Jessica DeMarchis, Jim Thorpe High School


Lance Miller, Mifflinburg Area High School
Kirby Thomas, Tunkhannock Area High School


Jenner Gibson, Cumberland Valley High School
Cody Musselman, Fairfield Area High School


Timothy Nye, Annville Cleona High School
Gabrielle Quatse, Lancaster Catholic High School


Mike Ducker, Baldwin Sr High School
Kelly Coughlin, Dover Area High School

Advanced Leadership Academy Scholarship


HOBY’s Advanced Leadership Academy is a program for any US or international high school student who has completed his or her junior or senior year.  While attendees are not required to have participated in other HOBY programming, Central PA HOBY has partnered with HOBY International to award one scholarship annually to a member of the Seminar’s Team Alumni who is a hard working junior staffer who embodies the HOBY spirit.


2017    Tyler Zimerofsky – HOBY ’15, Nativity BVM High School


2016    Courtney Comonie – HOBY ’14, Mid-Valley Jr/Sr High School


2015    Erik Homberger – HOBY ’13, Warwick High School


2014    Sarah Hoang – HOBY ’13, Central Dauphin High School

Few members of the HOBY Board posing for a picture, holding an award.
Image and biography of Heather Myers who earned President's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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