Nicholas Bloch, a student at South Carroll High School, received the All-Time Leadership Award at the Maryland Region Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar held at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

The HOBY Leadership Seminar is designed for high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community. Bloch was selected from more than 250 students as one of two students to represent Maryland at the World Leaders Conference in Chicago in July.

Bloch has played boys junior varsity soccer at South Carroll High School for two years. This past season, he was a captain of the JV team and at the end of the season he was moved up to Varsity. He plays club soccer on Central Carroll United out of Carroll County and has been with the team as the starting goalie for the past seven seasons. Bloch can be heard on the field providing encouragement and positive praise to his teammates. He took care of pregame responsibilities and always lent a hand to the coaches when needed.

Bloch also played JV basketball and is a member of the National Honor Society Executive Board. He was also instrumental in the planning and implementation of South Carroll’s recent student-directed assembly, “Everybody Has a Story.”

Bloch has earned service hours as a volunteer youth swim coach and as a counselor at his church’s Vacation Bible School. He is currently working at Health Unlimited as a swim instructor. He is very conscientious about living healthy, including exercise and eating well.

According to Diane Cooper, principal of South Carroll High School, “Nick has a heart of gold. This year he has twice accompanied a student in crisis to the counseling office. He is always looking out for those in need. He was so excited about all he learned at the conference and is ready to put it into action for the school and the community.”