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Distinguished Finalist

Prateek Pinisetti

Chandler, Arizona

Prateek Pinisetti, 17, of Chandler, Ariz., a senior at BASIS Chandler, is the founder of “ChessHelps,” a chess education nonprofit that’s taught more than 200 young chess players, hosted an annual tournament that’s drawn competitors from across the country, and raised $55,000 for his school and small business owners overseas. Proceeds have supported his charter school’s general fund, its fund for performance-based teacher bonuses, and an organization that provides microloans for third-world entrepreneurs.