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Distinguished Finalist

Neha Jonnakota

Glastonbury , Connecticut

Neha Jonnakota, 15, of Glastonbury, Conn., a sophomore at Glastonbury High School, is a co-founder and leader with “Power of Peace Group,” a youth group that supports children in need at home and abroad by leading and participating in a wide variety of volunteer activities. After traveling overseas and seeing kids her age working instead of going to school, Neha wanted to help; in 2013, she and her friends started a program that has since raised a great deal of money and recruited many young volunteers to support their mission.