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Distinguished Finalist

Taylor Larson

Chillicothe, Illinois

Taylor Larson, 18, of Chillicothe, Ill., a senior at Illinois Valley Central High School, has collected 6,500 stuffed animals over the past 10 years to bring comfort to kids in the hospital, children’s homes, house fires and domestic disputes. Taylor started by volunteering with the stuffed animal drive that gave her a much-loved teddy bear when she was in the hospital, and later decided to expand her impact by starting her own nonprofit, “Cuddles for Kids.”