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Distinguished Finalist

Lekabel Abul

Washington, District Of Columbia

Lekabel Abul, 17, of Washington, D.C., a senior at McKinley Technology High School, is an active member with a team that organizes outdoor play opportunities for kids in low-income communities, sketching prototypes and raising money to bring the group’s ideas to life. Lekabel estimates that she and her group have reached more than 100 kids by building out the illustrations she created, providing kids with the opportunity to learn through play.