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Distinguished Finalist

Allison Loo

Dublin, California

Allison Loo, 17, of Dublin, Calif., a senior at Dublin High School, is the founder of the “Plushies Aimed to Comfort Hearts (PATCH)” club at her school, leading 70 members to collect hundreds of stuffed animals and books and volunteer in a number of ways to support abused children. Allison, inspired to start the club by the beloved stuffed bunny she received from a support center after reporting her own childhood sexual abuse, also secured a city grant to host a child abuse prevention awareness campaign at her school.