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Distinguished Finalist

Leah Wiegers

Lansing, Kansas

Leah Wiegers, 18, of Lansing, Kan., a senior at Lansing High School, is an advocate for early scoliosis screening who has convinced her school district to screen hundreds of students a year, lobbied lawmakers for a statewide screening mandate, and established a regional chapter of the National Scoliosis Foundation. Leah, whose own scoliosis was detected and treated early, also helped to organize a governor’s signing ceremony proclaiming June as National Scoliosis Awareness Month.