For Counselors/Teachers

Selection Process for Schools

In September, HOBY mails its Sophomore Selection Packet to every public, private and charter high school in the United States inviting them to select and register students to attend their U.S. State HOBY Leadership Seminar. The Nebraska HOBY Leadership Seminar generally takes place the weekend following Memorial Day, with each school sending a sophomore representative to attend. Schools are asked to determine their annual representatives and register the students online. If your school did not receive the packet this year, you may still select and register a student.

Choosing Your Ambassador

To select your school’s representative, HOBY asks that you first promote the program to the entire sophomore class. Leadership ability surpasses race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status, so all sophomores should be considered in selecting your HOBY representative. You may distribute fliers, put up posters, make announcements to the student body, hold an assembly, and/or encourage all teachers affiliated with the sophomore class to mention the program to their students. Your school’s representatives from previous years are great for leading this effort to promote HOBY and can share their own experiences with the current sophomores. Encourage all 10th graders to learn more about HOBY by visiting

Refer all interested candidates to a specific school counselor who will lead the selection process. Your school may choose to do a face-to-face interview about the student’s desire to represent the school, an essay contest about leadership, or create your own creative idea! If you choose to do an essay, you may provide a topic, such as, “In 75 to 100 words, please describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in your school and community.”

Narrow your search to students with demonstrated or potential leadership ability, exhibiting one or more of the following traits:

– Outstanding oral and/or written communication skills
– Critical and/or creative thinking
– Creative problem solving
– Strong decision-making skills
– Sensitivity to the needs or concerns of others
– Charismatic personality (others gravitate towards him or her)
– Courage to speak out for one’s beliefs
– Courage to challenge authority
– Participation in community service activities

It is up to each school to select the students who will make the most of their HOBY experience.

Registering Your Ambassador

Collect student information needed for registration by having your selected student complete the HOBY Registration Worksheet. Then register your student online using your HOBY school ID and password. Enter all of the information from the completed worksheet into our secure online registration.

If you need your school’s HOBY ID and password, please send an email to with the subject line “School ID Request” and include the following information:

– High school name
– School’s complete mailing address with city, state, and zip code
– School contact name
– School contact’s position (i.e. School Counselor, Principal, etc.)
– School contact’s phone number

Your school ID and password will be sent electronically to your school contact. Please secure the confidentiality of the school ID and password as only school personnel should register students online.

Fees and Costs

HOBY volunteers help fundraise throughout the year to help lower the cost for students to attend. The fee for the 2024 Leadership Seminar is $280 per student, and schools can send up to five students at that fee. The only other expenses students are responsible for is transportation to and from the seminar and personal spending money for optional photos and souvenirs.  The registration fee covers liability insurance coverage, volunteer/staff training, public relations, marketing materials, communications, technology and software for HOBY’s online registration, website development and maintenance and staff support to the volunteers.

You may pay online with a credit card or Purchase Order, or mail a check. If your school is unable to pay the fee, please consider a Booster/Activity club, the PTA, or other creative options in the community for sponsorship. Finally, parents of the selected student can elect to pay the fee. Please note that your representative is not officially accepted until the registration fee is received. You may also print an invoice, a copy of the registration, or a credit card receipt during the online process. Click here to Register Online.

Participating Schools

over the past three years

  • Allen High School
  • Alliance High School
  • Alma Public School
  • Ansley Public High School  
  • Archbishop Bergan Catholic High School
  • Arlington High School
  • Arthur County High School
  • Auburn High School
  • Bellevue East High School
  • Bellevue West High School
  • Bennington Public High School
  • Blair High School
  • Blue Hill Community Schools
  • Brownell Talbot High School
  • Burwell High School
  • Burwell Jr/Sr High School
  • Callaway High School
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Central City High School
  • Central City Public School
  • Central Valley High School
  • Chadron High School
  • Columbus High School
  • Creighton Community Schools
  • Creighton High School
  • Crete High School
  • DC West High School
  • Deshler Public School
  • Douglas County West High School
  • Duchesne Academy
  • East Butler High School
  • Elgin High School
  • Elkhorn High School
  • Elkhorn North High School
  • Elkhorn South High School
  • Elm Creek High School
  • Emerson-Hubbard High School
  • Eustis-Farnam High School
  • Exeter-Milligan High School
  • Falls City High School
  • Falls City Sacred Heart
  • Friend High School
  • Gordon-Rushville High School
  • Grand Island Central Catholic
  • Grand Island Senior High School
  • Gretna East High School
  • Gretna High School 
  • Heartland Lutheran High School
  • Hershey High School
  • Holdrege High School 
  • Humphrey High School
  • Johnson-Brock High School
  • Kearney High School
  • Kearney Senior High School
  • Lewiston Consolidated Schools 
  • Lewiston High School
  • Lincoln East High School
  • Lincoln Lutheran High School
  • Litchfield Public School 
  • Louisville High School
  • Loup City High School
  • Lutheran High 
  • Lutheran High Northeast
  • Madison Public High School
  • Marian High School
  • McCool Junction High School
  • Millard North High School
  • Millard West High School
  • Minden High School 
  • Mount Michael Benedictine High School
  • Mullen High School
  • Mullen Public School
  • Oakland-Craig Oakland-Craig High School
  • Omaha Burke High School
  • Omaha Central High School
  • Omaha Marian Omaha
  • Mercy High School
  • Overton Public High School
  • Palmyra High School 
  • Papillion LaVista High School
  • Papillion-LaVista South High School
  • Paxton Consolidated Schools
  • Pender High School
  • Pender Public Schools
  • Pius X High School
  • Platteview High School
  • Plattsmouth High School
  • Ponca High School Randolph
  • Public High School
  • Scotus Central Catholic
  • Seward High School
  • Shelby Rising City
  • Shelby-Rising City High School
  • Skutt Catholic High School
  • South Platte Public Schools
  • South Sioux City Community High School
  • Southern High School
  • Southwest High School
  • Southwest Jr./Sr. High School
  • Southwest Jr/Sr High School
  • Springfield Platteview High School
  • St. Patrick High School
  • St. Paul High School
  • St. Paul Public School
  • Stapleton High School
  • Summerland
  • Summerland Public Schools
  • Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School
  • Wallace High School
  • Waverly High School
  • Wayne High School
  • Weeping Water High School
  • Westview High School
  • Wood River Jr/Sr High School
  • Wymore Southern High School
  • York High School

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