Macy Margherio, 12, is looking forward to building leadership and social advocacy skills when she travels to Washington, D.C., in August for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference.
In addition to studying historical leaders, Margherio will visit the National Museum of American History and the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans and Korean Veterans memorials.
She will also tour the historic Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Maryland Science Center.
“I am looking forward to learning how to become a valuable leader and what I can look forward to and expect in the future. I am also excited about learning the history of our country,” she said.
Nominated by her teacher at Highland Christian School, Margherio was chosen for the trip because of her exemplary grades and is in the process of raising the $2,500 necessary for the conference.
A sixth-grader, Margherio is enrolled in the Accelerated Reading program at Highland Christian and placed first in the Math Triathlon last year.
She received a gold medal for Vocal Solo at the Indiana State School Music Association competition, and this year was the female supporting lead in Highland Christian’s production of "Schoolhouse Rock."
The daughter of Melissa and Scott Margherio, of Highland, Macy enjoys visiting residents at Hartsfield Village Senior Living in Munster and is involved in Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization providing specially adapted homes for wounded veterans.
She attends both Crossroads Community Church and First Christian Reformed Church, and is looking forward to experiencing new activities when she begins classes at Illiana Christian High School.