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Distinguished Finalist

Grace Khachaturian

Illinois

Grace Khachaturian, 17, of Champaign, Ill., a senior at Centennial High School, founded her school's annual "Centennial Dance Marathon" in 2011, which has raised more than $30,000 to provide wishes for children who are terminally ill through her local hospital and the Children's Miracle Network. Grace, who founded another charity when she was younger called "PJs for Pediatrics," runs the Dance Marathon through her school's Executive Board, for which she serves as president.