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Heather Weller distributes handmade cards at the vet-erans home in Fergus Falls.

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For one week in October, New York Mills seventh grader Heather Weller was more than just a middle school student -- she was a national leader.

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Weller went to Washington, D.C. for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC).

JrNYLC helps high achieving students develop leadership skills by exploring leaders of the past and bringing that knowledge into their everyday lives.

Weller was nominated by sixth grade teacher Laurine Braukmann.

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