Fifth grader Katie Parra, 11, is working on her homework with her fifth grade teacher Rachael Hengstebeck at Pinewoods Elementary School in Estero.  Parra has been nominated by Hengstebeck to attend a Junior National Young Leaders Conference in June in which will take place in Washington, D.C.  Parra is excited about the opportunity and hopes to learn how to more responsible and a better person all around.  Photographed on May 20,  2009.  Kelli Stanko/ Special to the Daily News

Photo by KELLI STANKO

Fifth grader Katie Parra, 11, is working on her homework with her fifth grade teacher Rachael Hengstebeck at Pinewoods Elementary School in Estero. Parra has been nominated by Hengstebeck to attend a Junior National Young Leaders Conference in June in which will take place in Washington, D.C. Parra is excited about the opportunity and hopes to learn how to more responsible and a better person all around. Photographed on May 20, 2009. Kelli Stanko/ Special to the Daily News

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