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Distinguished Finalist

Monet Tam

Chandler, Arizona

Monet Tam, 17, of Chandler, Ariz., a senior at Hamilton High School, has served with the Chandler Mayor’s Youth Commission since 2013 and, as its current chair, leads 18 commission members in organizing and executing community events. Driven to inspire other teens to get involved with their local government, Monet dedicates five to 10 hours a week to her responsibilities with the commission, which is responsible for hosting 14 local celebrations and activities a year.