Alumnae Spotlights: Meet Petra and Rose!

Meet Petra Chiabi and Rose Parisi, two outstanding HOBY alumnae!

Petra Chiabi

Warwick Valley High SchoolChiabi

Chester, NY

HOBY 2014 New York East Leadership Seminar

Teens for Jeans Drive Leader

“After HOBY, I was so full of excitement and energy that in a way I felt obligated to take what I learned and make an impact in my community! Homelessness is an issue that all of America faces and while it may not be blatant in my town, it still exists. My way of addressing this issue was to form a Teens for Jeans charity drive at my school to collect jeans for homeless teens in my area. During the first Jeans for Teens drive collection during February 2015 I collected 113 pairs of jeans.”

Rose Parisi

Parisi Niskayuna High School

Niskayuna, NY

HOBY 2013 New York East CLeW

HOBY 2014 New York East Leadership Seminar

Honorable Mention for The HOBY Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Founder and President of SCOPE

“After attending HOBY, I felt empowered to make an impact in my community, so I formed SCOPE (Student Collaboration of Purposeful Enrichment). SCOPE is a club at Niskayuna High School that successfully completed its 1st annual Charity Week in February 2015. This gave all 1,400 Niskayuna students an opportunity to make handmade items during homeroom for one week. Each day we made a new item for a different charity; at the end of the week we donated over 4,000 items to five different charities. We made approximately 1,200 bookmarks for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 75 blankets for Project Linus, 1,100 toy bags for Albany Medical Center’s pediatric patients, 1,000 breast cancer awareness ribbons to raise money for the American Cancer Society and 900 dog toys for ASPCA. As a unified school we worked together to donate a tremendous amount of items that will improve the lives of thousands of people. Thank you HOBY volunteers, guest speakers and alumni for inspiring me and supporting me to make a difference in my community.”


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