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Distinguished Finalist

Mythri Ambatipudi

San Jose, California

Mythri Ambatipudi, 17, of San Jose, Calif., a senior at Saint Francis High School, is the founder of “WoolyWarmth,” an initiative that has mobilized 40 volunteers to crochet and knit more than 5,000 items over the past four years for newborn babies, cancer patients and the homeless. Mythri, who has recruited both high school students and senior citizens to create the items, was motivated to give back by the cherished baby clothes the hospital gave to her family when she was born.