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Distinguished Finalist

Esther Xiang

Freeport, Illinois

Esther Xiang, 16, of Freeport, Ill., a junior at Freeport High School, is the founder and president of the “Freeport Food Ark,” a nonprofit that mobilizes young people to fight food insecurity. Motivated by her own experience with food insecurity, Esther has also helped other schools create their own Food Ark clubs and help them establish gardens and food pantries.