SPARTA — Pope John XXIII Regional High School sophomore Katherine Janov of Sparta has been selected to participate in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program.She will attend HOBY’s State Leadership Seminar, which is designed to empower high school sophomores to recognize their leadership abilities and apply these skills as effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community. HOBY was founded in 1958 by actor Hugh O’Brian as the result of a life-changing visit to humanitarian and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer in equatorial Africa. Concerned about global peace prospects and convinced that the United States should play a leadership role, Dr. Schweitzer impressed upon O’Brian the urgent need for change and the importance of teaching young people to think for themselves. Two weeks after his return, O’Brian designed the first prototype seminar for young leaders. The program continued to grow, and today there are over 375,000 alumni.Katherine was recommended for this honor by her teachers and guidance counselors and is among the nearly 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country chosen to represent their high school in the 2016 HOBY State Leadership Seminars.The New Jersey HOBY Leadership Seminar will be held June 10-12 at Monmouth University in Long Branch.