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In just a few weeks, a young girl from Black’s Mill Elementary will join others nominated from around the country to participate in a leadership conference in Washington, D.C.

Whitney Bailey, a fifth grader at the school, was recently nominated by her teacher, Barbara Proctor, and guidance counselor, Leigh Orr to take part in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, which takes place from July 9-14.

According to its Web site, the conference offers students “the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying the leaders of the past and by focusing on social advocacy to make a positive impact in their homes and communities.

Bailey’s mother, Nicki Bailey, said her daughter is “a good, responsible student. She’s got some very good leadership skills as well.”

Whitney Bailey is among 250 students from across the United States that will take part in the leadership conference.

According to Marguerite Regan, dean of academic affairs for the Youth Leadership Council, the “aim of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference is to inspire students to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders and return home with new confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence within their communities.

During the six-day program, students will take part in education activities and presentations and explore relevant historical sites.

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