NDLS History

How It All Got Started

North Dakota started participating in Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminars in 1968. At that time, there was not a state seminar; instead, students were selected to attend the International Leadership Seminar (later known as the World Leadership Congress). Students from the eastern half of the United States attended the Republican National Convention and students from the western half of the United States attended the Democratic National Convention.

In 1977, HOBY began expanding its program to the individual states. Help of the Bismarck Jaycee Club was enlisted, and they organized North Dakota's first HOBY Leadership Seminar in 1981. That year, forty-seven schools nominated an ambassador to attend. Since that time, NDLS has grown to include many organizations and individuals, and now more than 100 students attend each year.

In 2002, NDLS chose not to renew its affiliation with Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership after HOBY announced its intent to charge schools a registration fee. This year, the Leadership Seminar continues without a national affiliation in order to maintain a seminar that's held at no cost to the schools, the students, or their families.

NDLS Chairperson History

2016, 2017

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2005, 2006

2003, 2004

2001, 2002

2000

1998,1999

1997

1995,1996

1994

1993

1991, 1992

1989, 1990

1988

1985, 1986, 1987

1984

1982, 1983

1981

Rusty Bender & Bryce Scharmer

Jed Geer & Rusty Bender

Jed Geer

Sara Litton & Jed Geer

Sara Litton

Jamie Ressler & Sara Litton

Jamie Ressler

KariAnn Buntrock & Jamie Ressler

KariAnn Buntrock

Josh Ressler & KariAnn Buntrock

Josh Ressler

Dorothy Lick

Julie Black

Victoria Knudson

Marti Zinsli

Wanda Schirado

Kathy Aemisegger

Jon Carroll & Kathy Aemisegger

Jim Ridley

Jon Carroll

Rick Schirado

David Sorum

Marty Thielges

Remy Stecher

Tracy Smith

Terry Burke & Rod Breen