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Distinguished Finalist

Gabriella Cooperman

Illinois

Gabriella Cooperman, 14, of Highland Park, Ill., a freshman at Highland Park High School, began hosting an annual "Cookies for Charity Lemonade Stand" when she was five years old, and since then has raised $46,000 in sales and grants to support riders in the Equestrian Connection therapeutic horseback riding program. Gabriella, who saw how her sister responded to the riding program, decided to begin her program when she realized other children could not afford the beneficial therapy.