A North Babylon High School freshman was one of only 60 students worldwide -- and one of two students from the New York-Eastern Canada region -- selected to attend a prestigious national leadership program.

Margaret McKeever, 15, attended a Youth Leadership Program earlier this month hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, a nonprofit law enforcement training agency. The program was held in Quantico, Virginia, June 13-20.

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To be chosen, a student must have demonstrated high academic standards and good citizenship, and must be nominated by an academy graduate. The program is made possible through cooperation of the FBI.

"When I found out I was accepted, my excitement was over the moon," McKeever said. Of the program, she said, "The lessons we learn all steer us in the right directions and help us make good choices and be a positive influence in our communities."

A typical day began at 5:30 a.m., with physical training followed by classes in topics such as constitutional law and juvenile crime, she said. Other activities included laboratory work, department tours and book groups.

McKeever is a member of her school's varsity cross-country, winter track and spring track teams. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a junior firefighter.