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Distinguished Finalist

Emily Smith

Mililani, Hawaii

Emily Smith, 15, of Mililani, Hawaii, a sophomore at Ho'ala School, started “Lend-A-Paw,” a volunteer organization that has supported shelter animals in the U.S. and Japan by making dog treats, pet toys and supporting charity fundraising efforts. Determined to help shelter animals be safe and well-fed, Emily has spread awareness of her cause through a website, a YouTube channel and presentations in school and the community.