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Distinguished Finalist

Emma Skantze

Land O' Lakes, Florida

Emma Skantze, 18, of Land O' Lakes, Fla., a senior at Land O' Lakes High School, has raised more than $37,000 for Tampa Bay-area families in need as the creator of the “Helping Hands Benefit Concert,” an event she started in 2009. Since deciding at 9 years old that she wanted to raise money for the nonprofit Metropolitan Ministries, Emma has organized seven concerts, taking the lead on everything from marketing to recruiting musicians, sponsors and volunteers.