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Distinguished Finalist

Olivia Russo-Hood

Deltona, Florida

Olivia Russo-Hood, 16, of Deltona, Fla., nominated by the Four Townes Family YMCA and a sophomore at University High School, is the founder of “Save the Earth Projects (STEP)” and, as the group’s cornerstone project, led an initative that’s collected about 30,000 pairs of shoes for people in need and donated thousands of dollars to a variety of good causes. Olivia’s group has also led and supported initiatives to raise awareness about nutrition, hunger and global water issues.