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Distinguished Finalist

Emmaline Miller

Lafayette, Louisiana

Emmaline Miller, 18, of Lafayette, La., a senior at Lafayette High School, is the founder of an initiative called “Poets for Life,” and led a series of summer poetry workshops for kids ages 4-15 at a local Boys & Girls Club to promote self-expression and literacy. Emmaline’s workshops reached about 50 students with accessible, appealing lessons in rhyme, theme and critical reading; she concluded the classes by creating a portfolio for the students’ work.