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Distinguished Finalist

Matine Khalighi

Denver, Colorado

Matine Khalighi, 16, of Denver, Colo., a sophomore at Smoky Hill High School, is vice president of “Helping the Homeless Colorado,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the homeless with basic necessities and raising awareness about the challenges they face. Matine dedicates at least eight hours a week, and sometimes as many as 50, to helping to run the nonprofit; he estimates that the organization has reached more than 8,000 homeless people with the help of more than 100 volunteers.