Grace Haupt didn’t want to go to the Halloween party. At age 12, doing what you’re told isn’t always the first option. But she went—and when it was time to head home, Grace couldn’t have been happier that she’d done what her parents had asked. “I met a real, live geek tonight,” she said to her mother, beaming.

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