Sydney Rees, an eighth-grade graduate from Athens, Illinois, was chosen to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM.
She was selected for her academic achievements, leadership ability and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Selected students from across the country were able to participate in the week-long program, which was hosted on college campuses throughout the country.
Rees will be a freshman this fall at Athens. She is the daughter of Josh and Holly (Stout) Patrick and the granddaughter of Carol E. Stout and the late Paul F. Figge.
(Information from the family.)