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Distinguished Finalist

Nicholas Carlisle

Hoover, Alabama

Nicholas Carlisle, 14, of Hoover, Ala., an eighth-grader at Berry Middle School, worked with a national charity to sell more than 600 wreaths for the graves of veterans at a local graveyard – and, in the process, has raised more than $3,000 toward his school’s fund for students in need. Nicholas contacted friends, family and local businesses to solicit $15 sponsorships for each grave wreath; Wreaths Across America then donated $5 back from each wreath, which he gave to the Berry Middle School hope chest to provide clothes, food, eyeglasses and other essentials to students who need them.