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Haven Middle School student Grace Colbert recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. About 250 middle-school students from across the country attended the conference, where they met with elected official and Congressional staff members and visited historic sites and memorials. They also studied the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history, such as the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights Movement. Grace, an “A” student at Haven, was nominated by her teachers to participate in the conference. She plays soccer for Team Evanston and is actively involved in the First United Methodist Church Youth Group. Her parents are Lori and Vincent Colbert.