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Distinguished Finalist

Bhavana Ravala

Bloomington, Illinois

Bhavana Ravala, 17, of Bloomington, Ill., a senior at Normal Community High School, has dedicated hundreds of hours to education advocacy, and created an organization that evolved from a mentoring program for kids from low-income families to a political advocacy group. Bhavana’s group, which now includes about 20 people, writes and compiles resources advocating for the right to education for kids around the world.