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Distinguished Finalist

Sophia (Sophie) Happ

Monticello, Illinois

Sophia (Sophie) Happ, 14, of Monticello, Ill., an eighth-grader at Monticello Middle School, started a drive four years ago that has collected nearly 15,000 books for children in need. Sophie spreads the word and distributes collection boxes to schools throughout her district, works with friends and family to sort books by reading level and genre, then contacts agencies to find them good homes.