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Riverwatch student to be featured in Discovery Girls
Hartman - photo by For the Forsyth County News

SOUTH FORSYTH -- A middle school student in Forsyth County will have her voice heard in a magazine to which she subscribes.

Julia Hartman, a sixth-grader at Riverwatch Middle School, is set to attend a Discovery Girls Magazine leadership summit next month in California with 36 other girls throughout the United States and Canada.

Chosen from among thousands of applicants, she will spend three days attending workshops and activities designed to build confidence and resilience, said her mother, Stefanie Hartman.

In a letter sent to the Hartman family, Discovery Girls said she will participate in “candid, solutions-oriented discussions about the obstacles and pressures they face in school, in society and at home. The girls are also required to complete several extensive writing assignments as part of their participation in the summit and their status as role models for our readers.”

Throughout the rest of 2016 and early 2017, the photos and stories of the girls who attend the summit will be published in the magazine, “with the goal of inspiring and helping other girls get through similar problems in a positive way.”

Hartman said her daughter loves to read and write, so writing the essays in the application came easy to her.

The middle schooler and her best friend read the tween-targeted magazine together, Hartman said, talking about the stories inside and doing the quizzes together.

“She kept asking me every day, Mom, did you get an [acceptance] email?” Hartman said. “She was so positive, and the very last day they could have emailed people who got chosen — at 11 o’clock at night — I just happened to check.”

She said her daughter can relate to the stories in the magazine and that she is a mentor at school.

“The next morning, I said, you need to go look at my email,” Hartman said. “She knew what I was talking about because she had been asking for a month and a half.”