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Distinguished Finalist

Jessica Carscadden

Apopka, Florida

Jessica Carscadden, 15, of Apopka, Fla., a freshman at Apopka High School, is the founder of “We Care Bears,” a nonprofit that has provided more than 35,000 stuffed animals to first responders and organizations around the country to comfort children in traumatic situations. Jessica, who was comforted by a stuffed monkey when she was adopted at five years old, has mobilized kid volunteers as young as six to support her mission.