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Distinguished Finalist

Emily Cornelius

Bartow, Florida

Emily Cornelius, 17, of Bartow, Fla., a senior at George Jenkins High School, has been a tireless advocate for the homeless in her community since she was 13 years old, leading projects ranging from care package distributions to a fundraising campaign to restore free bus service for veterans in Polk County. Emily, who has created about 2,000 care packages over the years, has placed special focus on serving homeless veterans.