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Distinguished Finalist

Amrita Lakhanpal

Birmingham, Alabama

Amrita Lakhanpal, 17, of Birmingham, Ala., a junior at The Altamont School, raised $18,000 to provide a local elementary school with 60 Chromebooks, then started a coding program for fourth- and fifth-graders led by members of Altamont’s Computing for Everyone club. Amrita has also taught weekly computer classes for students at the elementary school’s summer program, and started a Girls Who Code club at her own school with an eye toward closing the gender gap in technology fields; she is also raising money to buy laptops for another local elementary school.