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Distinguished Finalist

Moriah Irving

Phoenix, Arizona

Moriah Irving, 17, of Phoenix, Ariz., a senior at North Phoenix Preparatory Academy, is an active volunteer with the Teen Lifeline crisis hotline, providing emotional support for teens facing mental illness, problems at home and other issues. Motivated to volunteer with the hotline by her father’s mental illness and suicide, Moriah underwent extensive training on crisis and communication skills and learned about the available state and national crisis resources to let callers know that their life has value and that they are not alone.