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Way to Go: Heather Farley, Mastic Beach

Heather Farley, 16, a junior at William Floyd

Heather Farley, 16, a junior at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, was among an elite group of 20 students worldwide chosen to attend Nobel Week in Sweden in December 2014.

A William Floyd High School junior was among an elite group of 20 students worldwide chosen to attend Nobel Week in Sweden last month.

Heather Farley, 16, of Mastic Beach, was selected by the National Society of High School Scholars, an international organization that highlights high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership.

During the weeklong event hosted at Stockholm University, students went to public lectures and to award ceremonies for the 2014 Nobel Prize laureates.

"The experience instilled a confidence in me I didn't have before," said Farley, whose mother accompanied her on the trip. "I realized that Nobel winners are normal people who worked hard and were very persistent."

To be considered, she submitted an application and essay explaining what she expected to gain by attending Nobel Week. She was told the likelihood of her selection was 0.08 percent.

Farley also is the junior historian of her school's National Honor Society chapter, a member of the Junior Class Council and a past president of the Key Club. She is also secretary of the New York District Key Club and often volunteers at a local food pantry.

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