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Distinguished Finalist

Radoslava Pribyl Pierdinock

Riverside, Illinois

Radoslava Pribyl Pierdinock, 17, of Riverside, Ill., a senior at Riverside Brookfield Township High School, led an initiative that turned a run-down room into a library for students at a school in a low-income community. After learning that the students didn’t have a library, Radoslava worked with educators and her town libarian on a concept for a space where kids would be excited to read, then rallied her community to donate books, furnishings and manpower to help bring the idea to life.