SPRING HILL — Fox Chapel Middle School eighth-grader Lily Truelove is headed to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in one of the 2013 Junior National Young Leaders Conference sessions. She was nominated by Fox Chapel guidance counselor Melanie Googe.
"Lily has been an excellent student," Googe said.
Lily assists Googe one period a day, and the 13-year-old's work has impressed the counselor, particularly Lily's effort to coordinate a project called Tiger Tag.
"She has been an utmost professional and has taken the reins of something I would expect an adult to do," Googe said.
Tiger Tag assists with schoolwork and behavioral issues. The program helps parents stay in touch with teachers and helps students with supplies and encourages them with a point system to do their best.
Besides her work with Googe and Tiger Tag, Lily was a school winner in the history fair, earning her and her teammate a place in the district event. She is a solid A student who plays the clarinet and bass clarinet.
Part of the conference includes a presentation, and Lily chose to speak about her mentor, eighth-grade reading teacher Carol Albanese.
"She's really showed the kids that she can relate to the problems we have," Lily said. "She runs the cafeteria at lunch, and she really knows how to keep the peace."
At the conference, Lily will stay at the 4-H Conference Center, have a chance to visit the Capitol, and hear speaker Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School, which illustrated student rights.
To attend the conference, middle school students must be nominated by educators or mentors and demonstrate leadership and academic achievement.
Lily is the daughter of Ronnie Truelove of Spring Hill.