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Distinguished Finalist

Hayden Burch

Auburn, Alabama

Hayden Burch, 18, of Auburn, Ala., a senior at Auburn High School, founded the “Pages from Pam Elementary Book Campaign,” an annual drive that has collected thousands of books and more than $5,000 with the goal of establishing a home library for every second grader in Talladega, Alabama. Inspired by his late aunt, a literacy advocate who taught second grade in Talladega, Hayden collected money and books through grants, presentations, online publicity and writing directly to authors for support; he also persuaded schools in his own community to contribute books and volunteers.