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Distinguished Finalist

Oliver Stern

Miami Beach, Florida

Oliver Stern, 17, of Miami Beach, Fla., a junior at Ransom Everglades School, is the creator of “Our Abilities,” a program that has provided hearing tests for more than 150 children, assistive hearing equipment to more than 130 children, and has reached more than 1,000 elementary schoolers with programming on what it’s like to live with certain disabilities. Oliver, who was born deaf and underwent surgeries for cochlear implants, wanted to promote disability awareness and help kids whose families can’t afford assistive services.