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Distinguished Finalist

Jothi Ramaswamy

Mohegan Lake, New York

Jothi Ramaswamy, 15, of Mohegan Lake, N.Y., a sophomore at Lakeland High School, founded “ThinkSTEAM,” a nonprofit that works with corporations and organizations to host free technology workshops and a STEM mentoring program for girls. Jothi, whose mother is a software engineer, wanted to bridge the gender gap after hearing that her brother’s coding class had 33 boys and no girls; her program has since conducted nine workshops and reached more than 120 girls in three states.